PLANNING, COVERAGE AND MONITORING PROGRESS
We currently use the "Primary Science Curriculum Progression" document, provided by PSTT to help with planning and monitoring coverage. It helps to ensure continuity: that skills and knowledge are built on year on year.
Science at St Paul's aims to provide the children with the opportunity to explore and understand the world around us through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics - fulfilling the Primary National Curriculum 2014.
Science, as a core subject, is taught weekly as a stand alone subject, to ensure full coverage of the curriculum, We do make links with other subjects wherever possible. The topics taught each half term are shown on our school long term plan.
The core approach taken with this subject is that children develop the ability to question, predict, think, investigate and report as routine. These key scientific skills are embedded in the science teaching undertaken and are crucial for the children to take their understanding and enjoyment through to secondary school and beyond . The emphasis is on the practical nature of the subject. The aim is very much learning through hands on investigation.
Mrs Winters is the Science Coordinator in school. She is supported by Mr Purcell.
If any parents could offer any expert support in school with Science by sharing their real-life experiences, we would love to hear from you!
SCIENCE WEEK : 05 JULY - 09 JULY
INTENT: The intention of Science Week is to raise the profile of science among the children by learning about a scientist and by carrying out investigations. The focus is on exploring the different strands of "Working Scientifically" for example, pattern seeking, observing over time, grouping and classifying and carrying out a fair test.
IMPLEMENTATION: All classes completed a "Pupil Voice Questionnaire" at the start of the week. All classes then began with an assembly to discover which scientist we already know and to learn a little about some we don't! The rest of the week was dedicated to answering questions by carrying out experiments. Have a look at just some of the experiments we did.
Year 1 : Does the biggest ball bounce the highest?
Year 2 : Does the biggest ball bounce the highest?
Year 4 : Can the person with the longest feet jump the furthest?
Year 5 :
Year 1 : The Life Cycle of a Chick
One of the highlights of the year is having the eggs arrive in class and watching the chicks hatch and grow. We learn lots of new words such as, pipping, brooding and incubator. We are amazed at how quickly the little wet chicks fluff up and stand on their feet!
Year 1:Humans and Animals
When we were learning about humans we explored our senses. We took part in different tests to see if we could work out what things were by smell, by touch and by listening!
Year 1 have been testing the conditions needed for the growth of a plant and observing what happens over time. We have been learning about the different parts of a plant and exploring what part of a plant we can eat - the root, the stem, the seeds, the fruit, the leaves or the flower. We have been finding out which wild flowers grow near our school and doing some close up observational drawing.
Did you know that buttercup flower has 5 petals?