Year 3 and Year 4 studied light and electricity. They carried out investigations using their scientific inquiry skills. Below is an investigation that they carried out trying to discover if a material was opaque, translucent or transparent.
Year 5 and Year 6 studied forces and changing states of matter. They used Newton meters to measure how much force was require to lift objects. They also got to design a parachute that would be able to carry an egg safely down from a 3-storey height.
Science: Our Approach
At Stoneydown Park Primary School, we believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a respect for the environment. It equips children to use themselves as starting points for learning about science, and to build on their enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world.We live in an increasingly scientific and technological age where children need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for life. Through the framework of the National Curriculum, our science teaching aims to:
- Develop through practical work the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesizing, and increased use of precise measurement skills and ICT.
- Encourage and enable pupils to offer their own suggestions, and to be creative in their approach to science, and to gain enjoyment from their scientific work.
- Enable children to develop their skills of co-operation through working with others, and to encourage where possible, ways for children to explore science in forms which are relevant and meaningful to them.
- Teach scientific inquiry through contexts taken from the National Curriculum for science.
- Encourage children to collect relevant evidence, to question outcomes and to persevere.
- Encourage children to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity.
- Stress the need for personal and group safety by the correct usage and storage of resources.
- To enable children to appreciate that we do not always know the answers and results when carrying out scientific inquiry.
At Stoneydown, great science means:
- Practical, hands-on investigations
- Giving children the independence to question, explore and make discoveries
- Providing opportunities for them to explore the world around them through outdoor learning and trips
The programmes of study for science are set out year-by-year for key stages 1 and 2. Schools are, however, only required to teach the relevant programme of study by the end of the key stage. Click links below to see the National Curriculum Science programmes of study.
Supporting your child with Science
The biggest support you can provide for your child is to take an active interest in what your child is learning about in class and to encourage them to ask questions about what is happening in the world. Some ideas for this are:
encourage your child to explain their learning to you
keep asking them why something is as it is
research areas of science together; help them to formulate questions
talk about and perform experiments together (e.g. investigating if all liquids can be frozen)
have a day out the excellent (and free!) Science Museum
take nature walks e.g. to the marshes
cook together and discuss the chemical changes (can we change these cooked eggs back into the egg we started with?)
search the internet with your child to learn together about how the world works; there are a few useful websites below.
*Please remember that it is parents' responsibility to keep children safe on-line. Check out our parents' advice page for advice.
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ - The science museum website with lots of information about what is happening at the museum. Have a look at the online section for some fun games to play on your computer.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips - This website has online experiments for you to get up to date with your science knowledge. You could even try out some of the experiments for real at home.
www.planet-science.com - This is a great site to find out all about the world around you and beyond!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/dynamo/lab/ - Lots of science experiments for you to have a go at, and some fun quizzes to test your science know-how.
Also, keep up to date with these science websites that are aimed at providing science news to children: