In September 2018 we were awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Gilt Award.
Wherever possible we teach Science through creative topic based work. We think Science is really fun and we provide children with first-hand experiences and opportunities to work scientifically in order to develop their scientific understanding.
We foster a hands-on curiosity for exploration of the world which feeds into the children’s skills for enquiry. Children are encouraged to develop their scientific skills through careful observations, investigations, experimenting, measuring, comparing and questioning. We aim to provide children with a range of opportunities where they are encouraged to make predictions, carry out fair tests, use scientific vocabulary, and technology. Through these fantastic experiences children learn the skills needed in order to present their ideas and evidence in appropriate ways and to make links. Children are also supported to use scientific equipment safely and to consider how their actions affect the environment. We nurture and promote a sense of responsibility in all children to care and respect their surroundings and all living things.
Science is all about finding out and exploring the world. Children are naturally curious so encourage them to ask lots of questions about what they see. Here are some ways you can help your child at home.
- Encourage your child to look at things that change over time.
Plant seeds and watch them grow or look at books about animal life cycles and talk about the changes. Go for walks and look at how the trees change throughout the seasons. Take photos to help your child remember.
- Bake a cake with your child. Talk about where the ingredients might have come from. Think about what the flour might have looked like before it was flour. Ask them to predict what will happen to the mixture when it is put into the oven.
- Visit a local farm or share at a non-fiction book about animals. Can they name the animals? How are they similar or different? What are their young called? What do they eat?
- If your child has a range of toy animals can they sort them into groups? Those that eat plants and those that are meat eaters?
Can they sort play food into categories? eg dairy, cereals, meat or protein etc.
- When you go for a walk look for or find signs of British wildlife. What can they see and hear?
- Use your senses to find out about materials. Ask them to tell you what they feel like or smell like. Discuss which are the best materials to make an umbrella, a bag, a hat etc.
- Fill a large bowl with water and gather different objects. Predict which ones you think will sink and which ones will float and then test out your predictions.