Welcome to the science website at Sunbury Heights.

In Science children recently explored Physical sciences.

They were involved in team activities and investigations in which they predicted, observed and explored the scientific concepts through hands on activities.

Children often work in collaborative teams. This involves individual students being assigned a role to perform each week. The roles include a Manager, a Speaker, and for the 3-6’s a Director. Each role has specific duties which need to be carried out. The roles are rotated at the start of each session.

Prep children recently explored the question ‘Why do things move?’ They explored the push and pull forces which can be used to move objects in ways such as sliding, bouncing and spinning. Through investigations, students observed and gathered evidence about rolling objects and explored the idea of fair testing.

The children in grades 1 and 2 explored the fact that forces are at work in everything we do. Through investigations related to 'push', 'pull' and gravity, students observed and gathered evidence about how these forces act in air, water and on the ground. Students identified the effect of the pull of gravity and learnt that both air and water can ‘push’.

Grades 3 and 4 investigated questions such as 'Why do balls roll?', 'Why do apples fall from trees?' and 'Why some things slide across ice but not on carpet?'  Through hands-on activities students identified forces that act at a distance and those that act in direct contact. They also investigated how different sized forces affect the movement of objects.

Students in grades 5 and 6 explored electrical energy. They developed their understanding through hands-on activities that explored the role of electrons in transferring energy in electric circuits. Through investigations involving batteries, light bulbs, switches, conductors and insulators, they were able to explain the basic operation of battery-operated devices, such as a torch.