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Science Week in the Library

Mrs Earl has written the following about Science in the library.

As Science Week is being celebrated at the school, I had to make sure that this was featured in the library. Science is a huge subject that spans many aspects of life and a huge amount of jobs. 

We have a healthy selection of books about human biology, and most children can identify with this subject as it can help them fulfil the curiosity about their own bodies. These books are age appropriate and help children understand how things work and what they can do to keep their bodies at their best. 

Also included is the biology of plants and animals to promote knowledge and respect of the natural world around us, all presented to inspire further exploration. And as Year One have been focussing on Space this term, the astronomy and astronauts that can be found are very popular.

Some of my favourite books are:

Why it works - Materials. This book investigates how different materials feel, what they can be used for. I love the experiment inside which encourages a child to close their eyes and use their sense of touch to identify different materials - from cotton wool, an eraser or a piece of cheese.

First fabulous Facts - My Body. This provides in depth information about the bits that at part of us. Why do we have fingernails and how fast does our hair grow are just a couple of interesting facts presented in a fun and colourful way.

Levers. This is a really inviting book that simply shows the principles of how Levers can work to help move things. It explains principle of force and energy with great illustrations.

Rocks and Fossils. For Dinosaur fans this is a good introduction to palaeontology, displaying how a trace from millions of years ago can be preserved as a snapshot to the past.

You wouldn’t want to live without electricity. A book that shows how humans have developed their understanding of electrical energy - from 600BC onwards. It features Benjamin Franklin’s dangerous experiments with lightning, plus machines that can project sound and vision. Lots of top tips and suggestions for home experiments make this a valuable book.

Dig and Sow - how do plants grow? The book looks into the minute details of seeds and the stages of growth in the plant world. As the school has fantastic grounds and has regular Forest school sessions there is an innate curiosity about the natural world and the elements that make it up. 

Project Science - Solar System. I’ll admit that I’m a space geek, so I always look out for this theme. This particular book helps teach about the wonder of the universe with fascinating facts and great suggestions for home projects to bring the solar system closer to home. How can you not love a book that teaches about comets by using biscuits, ice cream and sprinkles! 

And of course, it’s great to have characters that promote science - so I have to include the Ada Twist, Scientist series. They make experiments and hypotheses fun and relatable.