Purpose of study:
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
Science lessons at St Richard's:
Each half term every year group has a Science theme. Lessons are exciting and engaging with lots of hands on practical experiments. Skills of scientific enquiry are taught across the term with a focus on how to write up experiments and an emphasis on the correct terminology and vocabulary.
The children in Early Years have been busy experimenting with different materials. Children were challenged to find which material would be the best to make Paddington Bear a waterproof coat with and had lots of fun testing the materials to see which one could cope best with getting very wet. The Early Years children have also enjoyed exploring the 'Discovery Zone' in their classroom and the 'Investigation Station' outside in their courtyard. The teachers in Early Years are sure there are lots of budding scientists in their classes!
Year 1 launched their Autumn 2 topic 'The Three Little Pigs' with a super science investigation morning to find out which material would be the best for a pig house. The children worked together to plan how to make the strongest houses and then built three houses out of straw, sticks and bricks. Suddenly, a big bad wolf appeared and entered the Year 1 classrooms! He tried his best to blow down the houses and managed to get two of them down, the straw and stick houses, but he couldn't blow down the brick house!
During science lessons in the Autumn term, year 5 carried out lots of investigations into the properties and uses of a variety of different materials linked to their topic ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. The children worked together to put materials through a number of tests to check their properties; they sieved, filtered and sorted mixtures and solutions; they learnt about reversible and irreversible changes and explored the importance of both of these.