Science Curriculum- Statement of Intent
At St Richard’s First School it is our aim to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as a sense of enjoyment, in science. We do this in a variety of ways, through whole class teaching to enquiry based research activities.
We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions and children have the opportunity to use a range of equipment to enhance their learning. Wherever possible, children are involved in practical activities as these increase enthusiasm and motivation. They also provide the children with first-hand experiences. We aim for all children to work scientifically during lessons and work collaboratively investigating different concepts and ideas.
It is our intention that by the end of their time at St Richards, each child will understand a variety of scientific concepts and be able to discuss them confidently. We strive to promote a love of science and for children to understand and be curious about the science within their everyday lives.
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.
Science Week 2019
We have had a great Science Week. All sorts of activities and investigations have been carried out and the children have thoroughly enjoyed our visiting scientists from Science Boffins and Sublime Science.
Please enjoy some of the pictures from Science Week below.
In the Autumn term the children in Early Years were 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 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!
In the Autumn term Year 2 spent lots of time investigating materials. They identified materials, recognised the properties and assessed their suitability for a range of purposes.
Mrs Cameron and Mrs Burman had bought woolly mugs! Year 2 were able to explain why these mugs would not be suitable! We also investigated food chains. We linked our Science to our Icescapes topic and researched the animals in Antarctica. Here is a photograph of the food chain we came up with!
In Year 3 the children studied the Stone Age. As part of their Science the children looked at different types of rocks. They used chocolate to investigate the different types of rocks and how they are formed. They enjoyed stamping on the chocolate pieces to make sedimentary rock!
In the Autumn Term Year 4 began by looking at States of Matter. They watched the rain and found out how the water cycle works and even made rain by evaporating and condensing water!
Children then investigated the impact of boiled and iced water on an egg, a frozen egg, solid chocolate and melted chocolate. First, they had to predict whether they would get a change of state by placing each of them in boiled or iced water. They had to remember to record the temperature that they measured with thermometers. Following this, they made regular observations of what was happening to the eggs and the chocolate. They had to remember that in science we use the terms boiling, condensing, melting, solidifying and freezing when we are explaining what we have seen.
After half term Year 4 learnt about Living Things and their Habitats. They classified animals into groups according to their attributes and also learnt about food chains. They found out that thankfully, humans are not at the bottom of the food chain! However, they learnt just how important insects are to the entire food chain. Finally they researched how animal’s habitats are changing because of the greenhouse effect. It’s really important to help preserve habitats by being responsible for recycling and using sustainable resources.
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.