Our Science curriculum is designed to excite children’s curiosity about the world and help them to understand the uses of science, as well as its implications for the future. Throughout school, pupils continuously develop their scientific vocabulary and enquiry skills as they revise different topics. This allows them to direct their own investigations as independent, active learners, seeking to answer their own questions.
We enrich our Science curriculum with school trips and hosting visits at the school. The children have been visited by the RSPB, who taught them about habitats and different types of trees. Some children also got the chance to take part in the Great Science share, where they demonstrated an investigation and explored different investigations from children at other schools.
Year 5 recently learned all about space in a virtual talk delivered by Manchester University students. Children were tasked with designing space suits and rockets in preparation for a mission to Mars. See below for pictures of a display that sums up the children’s learning.
"I liked the talk because it was about space and it was about Science. I remember learning about Mars, fact and fiction."
"I liked it because I designed a space suit and a rocket for a trip to Mars. I also learnt a few interesting facts."
Year 5 recently went to Our Lady's High school to take part in a science lesson. They completed an experiment where they were testing which solutions were acids and which were alkaline.
Trazelle - “it was amazing, it was so much fun.”
Xavier- “ I loved it, we got to wear the safety goggles and do an experiment testing which solutions were acid and which were alkaline."
As children explored plantlife in Science, we decided to take a hands-on approach and helped children plant flowers across the school grounds. The children love getting their hands dirty and watching their plants grow!
Summer 1 Topics
Nursery - Minibeasts/Gardening - Understand the key features of the life cycle of a plant and an animal. Plant seeds and care for growing plants.
Reception - Minibeasts/Gardening - Understand key facts of the life cycle of a plant and an animal.
Year 1 - Plants - Identify and name a variety of plants and basic structure of flowering plants.
Year 2 - Our Local Environment (Animals including Humans) - This topic brings together study of living things, habitats and growing plants and is strongly focussed on outdoor learning and investigations.
Year 3 - How does your Garden Grow? - Functions of different parts, conditions for growth, life cycles.
Year 4 - Power it up - Children revisit some uses of electricity and the importance of safety before constructing simple circuits. Understanding how to change a circuit by changing its components makes up the third part of this topic, leading in a final application of knowledge and skills when the children design and make an alarm using their knowledge of circuits.
Year 5 - Amazing Changes - Planning enquiries controlling variables, making predictions, use observations to answer questions, gather and record data, draw conclusions, present, and report on findings.
Year 6 - Electricity - This topic builds on the Year 4 work on electricity, taking it into the scientific use of symbols for components in a circuit, as well as considering the effect in more detail of changing components in a circuit. The children have the opportunity to apply their learning by creating an electronic game.
Experiment to do at home:
‘Making a volcano and learning how to do new things. I also learnt how to make a circuit so that the bulb lights up." Alfie
"I got to spend time doing experiments with my dad. My favourite part was making a volcano that erupted and learning to make better paper aeroplanes." Alyssia
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