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.
Some of the children recently took part in the Great Science Share. The theme this year was 'Climate Action' and the children learnt about climate change and how this can have an impact on animal's habitats. The children also learnt about what we can do to help combat climate change. We achieved this by looking at the book 'Hunter's Icy Adventure'. The children produced an information leaflet stating all of the key facts around the topic of climate change and how polar bears are impacted.
Here are some pupil voice quotes from what the children thought about the Great Science Share.
"I really enjoyed finding out about climate change and what can be done to try and stop it."
"I'm going to make a real effort to do my bit to stop climate change."
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!
Spring 1 Topics -
Nursery - Melting and Freezing - To be aware that water can melt and freeze.
Reception - Melting and Freezing - To explain how water can melt and freeze. To learn about the habitats of Penguins and Polar Bears.
Year 1 - Properties of Materials - Identify everyday materials, compare and group based on properties.
Year 2 - Squash, bend, twist and stretch - In this unit, children explore how the shapes of objects can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. In doing this they raise questions, perform simple tests, and gather and record data.
Year 3 - Rocks, soils and fossils - In this topic children work scientifically on a variety of quick investigations and longer tasks to learn about rocks. This topic covers the properties and uses of rocks, the rock family, soils and finally fossils.
Year 4 - Looking at states - Children will learn about states of matter. They will compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. They will observe that some materials change state when heated or cooled, and they will identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.
Year 5 - Let's get moving - In this topic children learn about forces and machines. They start with the force of gravity then study friction forces, including air and water resistance, before investigating how simple machines work.
Year 6 - Light - The topic introduces the concept of light travelling in straight lines. It starts by looking at beams of light and how light travels to enable children to understand how we see things. This understanding is then applied to the production of shadows and starts to look at how light is reflected. The topic then takes the learning into the realm of coloured light and rainbows, using scientific skills to raise and answer questions. It builds on the work carried out in Year 3 on light, shadows and reflection.
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