School Logo


Science Week 2017 - What a fantastic week was had by all during Science Week!


As a school, we took part in National Science week. Throughout the school our theme of our Science work was 'change' and each year group decided upon different experiments they would like to investigate. We had Nursery and Reception making popcorn and predicting what would happen when the corn was heated, they were exploring and observing what happened when water and oil mixed together and observing the change in the environment from the Winter season to the Spring season. Years 1 and 2, made 'gloop' and watched as the corn flour and water mixed together, some children were very surprised at what happened and enjoyed exploring the feeling of the gloop. In years 3 and 4, the children conducted a Science experiment everyday and enjoyed reading some Non-Fiction Science texts in their Literacy work. One particular experiment that the children in years 3 and 4 loved to take part in, was when they mixed bicarbonate of soda with lemon juice and washing up liquid. The children were asked to predict what would happen and after the experiment they decided upon the conclusion that the results and smell, depended on which liquid was added first. In Years 5 and 6 the children were discovering why albatrosses do not sink, the children conducted an experiment to explain why. They also worked with Mr Roberts to help design and make catapults, the children safely tested out their designs on our muga and explored the reasons behind their designs by learning about forces.


Each class was also given the opportunity to do a carousel of Science experiments in the gym, on an afternoon during the week. This was great fun and the children developed their thinking and reasoning skills as well as developing the ability to explain scientifically. Some of the explanations from the children were astounding.

Science Curriculum In Action

Light and Sound

We worked with Technology Tom in order to investigate light and sound.


Our challenge was demonstrate our learning to our parents by a 2.00pm deadline.

Picture 1
Picture 2 We looked at some of the scientific principles.
Picture 3 The 'duck orchestra' was fun.
Picture 4 Tom challenges us to work together in a team
Picture 5 Lots of discussion and working together.
Picture 6 Solving problems.
Picture 7 Ready for the showcase.
Picture 8 Finishing touches.
Picture 9 We had a chance to demonstrate our learning.
Picture 10 Families were invited to witness demonstrations
Picture 11 They also asked us questions.
Picture 12 Sometimes it was fun.
Picture 13 At other times we made them think.
Picture 14 Our grandparents had seen our contraptions.
Picture 15 They tried to make strange sounds.
Picture 16 They considered complex ideas.
Picture 17 They experimented and investigated.
Picture 18
Picture 19

It was a great experience and we definitely demonstrated our knowledge.


Well done team.

The Seasons

Mr Roberts told us all about spring and the things we might look for to tell us spring is on its way.

Picture 1
Picture 2 We gave him some ideas an he wrote then down.
Picture 3 Mr Roberts showed us the things we might observe
Picture 4 We started walking around the grounds.
Picture 5 We found some catkins straight away.
Picture 6 The willow branches felt like little kittens!
Picture 7 We listened to the birdsong - a robin was chirping
Picture 8 We spotted some daisies shooting through the grass
Picture 9 We get warmed up and refreshed with a cooked snack
Picture 10 We searched for more signs.
Picture 11 We ticked off the things on our list.
We then went into the classroom to make our own 'bees' to hang in the garden.

States of Matter

Teachers try to find clever ways of helping children to remember things. Miss Stuart is no exception. We have been finding out the properties of solids, liquids and gases in Science. We used cheerios to demonstrate the particles of each state. The children were able to describe the properties at the end of the lesson. Fabulous!



In solids, atoms and molecules are compact and close together. Liquids have atoms that are spread out a little more. The molecules in gases are really spread out, full of energy, and constantly moving around in random ways. 

Picture 1 Do you think this will help us to remember?
Picture 2 Well done team.

Great Inventions

UKS2 visited Darlingto Railway Museum as part of their Great Inventors topic.


They looked closely at some of the greatest inventions in history particularly the use of steam power.


They looked at the history behind the railway boom and the importance of the Stockton to Darlington line. They examined how scientistists and engineers had to solve problems that existed at the time.


They looked at the difficulty engineers had with communication at the time.

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4 They undertook workshop activities.
Picture 5 Looking closely at inventions - large and small
Picture 6 This locomotive looks similar to Puffing Billy
Picture 7 An excellent day of super learning again!



In Science Mrs Dalkin and Mr Garrod's scientists have come to the end of an investigation on plants. They have been in charge of looking after their own plants. You can see that some pairs have managed to keep their plant alive. Have a look at the photos and see if you know why some plants haven not lived for very long.

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
We also planned an experiment to find the best conditions for growing cress seeds. We planted the cress exactly a week ago. Look at our results. Can you match the photograph to the conditions?

1) no light
2) no air
3) no water
4) no soil
5) Mr Garrod's had everything!

Which is which?
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6 Well done team.

Now we are trying to see if we can dye some celery. We have added some food colouring to see what happens. Watch this space.


Living Things

Our year 5 and 6 pupils looked closely at some of the creatures that might inhabit the forest floor of the rainforest.

Picture 1 The millipede was brought in by Zoolab
Picture 2 The corn snake.
Picture 3 Hissing cockroaches.
Picture 4 How have they adapted to life on the forest floor?
Picture 5 We also looked at toads, rats and even tarantulas.


We were visited by a geologist - Mr Pickup brought in his rocks to show us.


He talked about their different properties and how they were formed - particularly from volcanoes.

Picture 1
Picture 2 Some rocks are formed from sediments in water.
Picture 3 He told us how all his rocks were formed.
Picture 4 He demonstrated how particles were formed
Picture 5 We looked closely at the rocks.
Picture 6 Our pupils have produced some excellent homework
Picture 7



Mrs Armitage and some of our parents joined us in a walk through the dene.


We collected leaves, feathers, berries and considered where they came from.

Picture 1
Picture 2 The autumn is a great time to look at the leaves.
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5

Have a look at our gallery below and at our collections.


What can you see?


Our new curriculum involves getting our students out of the classroom to investigate things first hand.


We were taught to look closely as a scientist would - using a magnifying glass.

Picture 1
Picture 2 We noted observations.
Picture 3 Looking at the different species of plant life.
Picture 4 Learning different layers within the habitat
Picture 5 We then took part in workshops.
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8

We learned about the animal life and how the food chain develops.


Oh... and we enjoyed our friends company.



Technology Tom worked with us on a 'Buzz Off' game. First of all we had to find out about the science of electricity with circuits and components.

Picture 1 We designed circuits that would work in the game.
Picture 2

Rock Pool Habitats



Our second group of Young Pioneers spent some time in the rock pools of Beadnell. We found dog fish eggs, crabs, hermit crabs, whelks, winkles, fish, shrimps to name a few. We looked at the rock pool habitat and different aspects of the shoreline.

The Scientific Process: Conclusions

It is important for scientists to look closely at their investigations and to come up with a 'conclusion'. Year 5/6 have worked with their groups on an evaporation investigation. It shows that not all liquids evaaporate at the same rate. Have a look at their final group conclusions below.

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5

Well done team!


Winter Garden Recounts

Our oldest pupils today visted the Winter Gardens in Sunderland.


Our Trip to the Sunderland Winter Gardens


Yesterday, Year 6 went to the Sunderland Winter Gardens to learn more about rainforests. We also had a chance to look in the museum.


As soon as we got there the groups were split in two halves. My group stayed in the room to learn more about the layers in the rainforest while the other group went to look around the museum.


In the rainforest (the Winter Garden) we were challenged to answer questions and find facts. We were allowed to touch the leaves and feel their textures. As we went round, there were items from the rainforest in glass containers, again we could touch them. My favourite was a nut so big that it filled the container. I couldn’t see the name of it because it was so big it covered up the label!


After lunch, we explored the museum. The first thing we saw was the Anglo-Saxon display. In this display was an old Anglo-Saxon sword.


Next we visited the art gallery. Many of the paintings were by L.S.Lowery. I really liked the Garden of Tranquillity which was made with elephant tusk! I enjoyed looking at the glass display. How did they make it all? I was intrigued by the coloured glass canes and goblets.


I enjoyed going to the Sunderland Winter Garden and would love to go again. I would recommend it to people of all ages.  


Malachy Driscoll


Our Visit to the Sunderland Winter Gardens


On Wednesday 19th September, Upper Key Stage 2 visited Sunderland Winter Gardens to research the rainforest.


As soon as we got there, a kind woman called Katherine came to us and welcomed us to the Winter Gardens. Katherine told us some facts about the layers of the rainforest and about some animals that live in the rainforest. She also told us about some animals that grow in the rainforest as well. We went to check out some of the plants for real, touching and feeling them. Some of the leaves were colossal!


In the afternoon, we went to the museum. The museum had lots of Anglo-Saxon facts in a display. We had a quiz. A fun quiz! When we went upstairs, we saw some fabulous art work by L.S.Lowery.


I loved Sunderland Winter Gardens. My favourite part was exploring the rainforest, it was absolutely great!


Jack Alsop


Our Trip to the Sunderland Winter Gardens


On Tuesday 18th September, Year 5 went on a trip to Sunderland Winter Gardens.


First, my group had the rainforest talk. We learned about the Emergent layer, the Canopy, the Understorey and the Forest Floor. We talked about the animals that lived there and had a quiz about them. We got to handle some rainforest treasures and had to guess what they were.


In the rainforest we had a quiz to do. We went round and explored all the exotic plants, they were amazing.


In the afternoon, we went to the museum. We looked at the Anglo-Saxons, saw sculptures and paintings. An amazing sculpture called ‘The Garden of Tranquillity’ was beautiful.


Later, we went into an animal section and saw tarantulas, centipedes, turtles and piranhas. They fed the tarantula a cricket but the cricket hid and the spider couldn’t find it.


I loved my visit to the Winter Gardens and shall share it with my family and friends. I would definitely go again.


Emma Logan


Our Visit to the Sunderland Winter Gardens


On Tuesday, Year 5 went to the amazing Sunderland Winter Gardens. It took ages to get there but when we did it was worth the wait! We went to find out more about life in the rainforest.


In our work in class – before we got there – we were learning about layers of the rainforests. In our topic books we drew the layers so we were ready for our visit.


My group and I began in the museum. We learnt about and saw objects from the Anglo-Saxon period. Later we found ourselves in a quiet gallery looking at ‘The Gardens of Tranquillity’. It was beautiful. In the glass museum there was a glass walking stick! Unusual!


I knew our afternoon activity was going to be fun - exploring the lush rainforest. The lovely, giant banana leaves towered above me. The water fall was pretty and sparkling. In the murky pond there were literally colossal fish! We had many tasks to complete that taught us more about the rainforest.


I absolutely loved the Winter Gardens. Exploring the forest was the best! I would recommend it and can’t wait to take my parents.


Bethany Lowe


Our main focus was be to study plant species as part of our Rainforest topic. It will certainly stimulate our senses and our writing with over 2,000 flowers and plants brought together in a showcase of the world's natural beauty.



Picture 1 Year 3 investigate circuits
Picture 2 Year 3 investigate circuits
Picture 3 Year 3 investigate circuits
Picture 4 Year 3 investigate circuits
Picture 5 Year 3 investigate circuits
Picture 6 Year 3 investigate circuits
Picture 7 Year 3 investigate circuits
Picture 8 Year 4 investigate circuits
Picture 9 Year 4 investigate circuits
Picture 10 Year 4 investigate circuits
Picture 11 Year 4 investigate circuits
Picture 12 Year 4 investigate circuits
Picture 13 Year 4 investigate circuits
Picture 14 Year 4 investigate circuits
Picture 15 Year 4 investigate circuits
Picture 16 Year 4 Circuit Investigations
Picture 17 Year 4 Circuit Investigations
Picture 18 Year 4 Circuit Investigations
Picture 19 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 20 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 21 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 22 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 23 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 24 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 25 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 26 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 27 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 28 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 29 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 30 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 31 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 32 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 33 CSI Walbotle investigation
Picture 34 CSI Walbotle investigation