‘I don’t need an answer. I don’t need answers to everything. I want to have answers to find.’ Professor Brian Cox
‘Our teacher took us outside and she had this bottle and it exploded it went up’ A Year 3 Sandridge Scientist
Science happens inside and outside with our nature rich environment and pupils demonstrate our ‘enthusiasm for their activities and learning.
Recent ‘Wet ‘n’ Wild’ Science weeks and ‘Eureka Day’ led to whole school Science homework and experiments being enthusiastically shared; the whole school was buzzing for Science.
‘We had to count how many times we have to dunk a biscuit until it breaks!’ A Year 1 Sandridge Scientist
School already has a Woodland Trust Gold Award and is on target to get the Platinum Award soon. Also coming soon, our ‘Forest School’ and ‘Muddy Puddles’ foci will develop more scientific use of our amazing school environment even more. Our School Council took part in planting trees in our local ‘Heartwood Forest’ and many pupils sponsored a tree and planted it in our own grounds.
“I liked it when we did ‘which is the fastest thing to go down a slope?’ it was oil because it’s more like a liquid, and conditioner is thick because we tested it out and checked with a ruler” A Year 2 Sandridge Scientist
Pupil-led enquiry is evident and embedded in displays and work throughout the school. Teachers plan a balance of Science skills, different types of enquiry and knowledge that provides the foundations for understanding.
‘My favourite topic that we’ve done is when we were learning about tooth decay-when we tested the eggs…it was quite weird like the one we put in the milk it didn’t change at all and in the orange juice all the egg shell had come off and it had turned orange and red!” A Year 4 Sandridge Scientist
They have opportunities to build up a ‘body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.’ They are encouraged to understand ‘how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes’ (National Curriculum).
Science is mainly taught in topics in a practical way inside and out and we try to link these to cross curricular learning so that it is more meaningful. Each topic starts with a question ‘What do we already know about_?’ and that leads to ‘What do we want to find out about?’
At the end of a topic there is time to reflect and consider ‘What have we learnt?’ Quite often in Science lesson adults are learning something new and exciting at the same time as the pupils.
In Early Years Science is taught and ‘discovered’ through opportunities to explore and investigate as part of the Understanding of the World specific area of the Foundation Stage curriculum. It is often taught and facilitated in a cross curricular way for at least 2 hours a week through adult learning and child-initiated learning time.
In Key Stage 1 Science happens for at least 1 ½ hours per week and often more when it is linked to other subjects. It is still very practical and within this pupils begin to record investigations and develop their ability to predict, plan, record results and conclude.
In Key Stage 2 Science is taught for at least 2 hours a week and is also very practical using both the outside and inside environments. Their planning and recording is very detailed and they develop Scientific skills and knowledge in groups too.