Science has been part of the full curriculum review in 2017/2018 and is now central to 'The Big Question' that is being asked in our Circle of Life curriculum. Each term science lessons are based around the topic and links are made to many subjects, and embed English and mathematics skills, where possible, appropriate and reasonable. Children take part in a mixture of knowledge and 'working scientifically' lessons, with at least two scientific investigations being carried out each term in each area of school. The role of the science leader is to ensure this is consistently delivered throughout school in a creative and engaging way with meaningful links across the curriculum.
During Science lessons pupil stake part in a great amount of group and partner work. During this time, pupils listen carefully to each other's ideas in an environment which fosters mutual respect and trust. Democracy is central to our group work here, as children have to take on board specific roles. They have listen to each other. They must complete their part of the work so as not to let their teammates down. They must plan investigations taking account of all views and must evaluate their successes areas to improve collectively. We aim for science to be a real driver for developing an understanding of what democracy means in a climate of trust and forgiveness.
Each key stage will have taken part in an educational visit linked to science by the end of the academic year. LKS2 visited 'Tropical World and Butterfly House' in Sheffield to launch their topic 'Roaming the Rainforest'. During the Summer. reception will be visiting Nostell Priory to enhance their learning on minibeasts and their habitats, Key Stage One will be visiting Eureka to take part in a Science Superhero workshop on healthy bodies and Upper Key Stage Two will be going on a visit to enhance their work on their Space topic. We have run annual science clubs after school for several year groups - with the focus upon practical science with the wow factor!
We aim to ensure that science is not a 'dry' subject. The accent upon working scientifically and the importance of bringing science to life through hands on experience is vital.
During the Autumn Term, Reception have been learning about 'Ourselves'. They have been looking at how humans change from babies to adults. Children have also been using their mathematical skills to measure their height and have created a bar chart to show eye colour within the class. They have read 'Supertato' as a starting point for discussions and learning about healthy eating.
Spring Term's science work has been based around 'The Seasons'. Pupils have used the wonderful weather over the past couple of months to investigate how and why snow and ice melt. After reading the traditional tales, 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Jack and the Beanstalk', the children have responded by investigating which is the best material for a pig's house and by planting seeds - using their knowledge to help them grow.
In the Autumn Term, the children investigated what a plant needs to survive and grow. This was part of their topic work on 'Great Explorers' and began with the question 'Can plants grow in space?'. Children used their maths skills to measure results and recorded their observations in a table, before drawing conclusions and demonstrating what they have learned.
Recently, the children have been looking at the properties of different materials through their 'Toy Story' topic. Pupils have carried out investigations to discover the best material for a toy car's ramp and a raincoat for a teddy bear. During these investigations, children discussed how to make a fair test and if the results were what they thought would happen.
As part of Lower Key Stage Two's Autumn topic 'Roaming the Rainforest', they have been learning about growing plants and the life cycle of a plant. Children also made observational paintings and drawings which combined their science studies with their art and design.
During Spring Term, children have been learning about solids, liquids and gases as well as sound and hearing, linked to their topic inspired by 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. They have consolidated this knowledge on changing materials, with a visit to the Chocolate Museum in York. The knowledge pupils gained during science has then been used to investigate and learn about the water cycle in geography - again making meaningful links across subjects.
During Autumn Term, the children were studying the effects of war. As part of this topic, they made periscopes to deepen their learning about light and also solved a problem of how a soldier could clean dirty water by separating materials though filtration and distillation.
UKS2 have been learning about Ancient Egypt this term, during their topic 'Who's the Mummy?'. In science they have been investigating gravity and creating a pulley system inspired, and used by, the Egyptians. This has been linked closely to their work within history and again enables our subjects to sit strongly alongside each other.