Horsforth Newlaithes

Primary School

Science Day!

This year, the theme of Science day was FLIGHT. The whole school, from reception to year 6, spent the day creating paper aeroplanes and asking important scientific questions. How does the size of the plane affect the distance it flies? Does the type of paper affect how high the aeroplane flies? Will the plane travel further with extra flaps? And many more amazing questions!! All the children investigated their chosen question and had lots of fun flying their planes!

Rollercoaster Roadshow!

As part of the Leeds Festival of Science, Monkey Puzzle class were lucky enough to have a physicist from the University of Leeds in school to talk all about forces. The class created their own rollercoasters and had a lot of fun trying to score points!

Chocolate Fun!

Willow class have been looking to see how chocolate changes state when it is heated. We discovered that the heat adds energy, which causes the molecules in the solid chocolate to separate, forming a liquid.

How is sound made?

Year 4 have just started a new topic - Sound. They began with an investigation into how sound is made. They used: a violin and observed the movements of the strings, a cymbal and felt the movements, a drum and looked at the vibration of coffee granules and felt their vocal chords vibrating when they talked.


As part of their topic 'Active Earth', Year 4 made volcanoes by creating a reaction between vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. They added red food colouring to make it look like real lava!

States of Matter

Year 4 have been learning all about states of matter and discussed solids, liquids and gases. They learnt about the structure of each and also learnt that materials can change from one state to another by cooling or heating. In solids, the particles are tightly packed together. In liquids, the particles are less tightly packed and able to move. In gases, the particles have lots of room and are free to move around. They went outside and used their own bodies to represent each of the three states of matter. See if you can guess which one is which!


Year 5 have been learning about forces and linked this with their topic on Space. They investigated water resistance, making predictions about which shape would fall to the bottom of a glass of water first. They also looked at air resistance, creating parachutes out of different materials and making conclusions about which material created the most air resistance based on the amount of time it took to fall to the ground.