The subject lead for Science is Miss Foster
At St George's we encourage children to be inquisitive and investigative. Our key aim for science is that when children leave our school in year six, they have the skills and knowledge available to challenge ideas, be critical thinkers and become the next generation of innovators. The science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about the universe around them. We believe that science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, as outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each uni and cross each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children's time at the school following our detailed progression so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Science will be taught in planned units which can be taught weekly or in a block depending on what is most appropriate for the topic. Planning is informed by and aligned with the National Curriculum. We follow a learning challenge curriculum at St George's and where possible in science, cross-curricular connections are planned for with strong links to other areas of our curriculum. Each unit is linked clearly to skills and vocabulary to ensure progression across topics throughout each year and across the school. Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed through the children's time at St George's. The children will have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills. A new unit begins with children conveying what they already know as well as what they would like to find out. Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities where children are encouraged to find things out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given the change to use their scientific skills and research to discover new answers. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes along with educational visits further afield and visitors to school. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge. The promotion and use of an accurate and rich vocabulary throughout school is planned in science. Each year we will celebrate National Science Week, providing opportunities to study a current world issue.
Science Week 2021
This year’s British Science Week theme was ‘innovating for the future’. Each class started with an assembly where they looked at innovations of the past and how they have impacted their lives. The children tried to imagine their lives without colour television, mobile phones, the internet and Velcro! This lead to some great discussions about what it takes to be an inventor. A lively science video from Mossley Hollins filled with exciting experiments got the children excited about what was to come during the week.
Throughout the week we were joined virtually by three visitors. Their jobs ranged from working in the merchant navy to being a paediatrician nurse. Pupils were able to ask questions and gain an insight into their STEM based jobs. A lot of our pupils were very keen to join the merchant navy after hearing about the wildlife you see daily while out at sea.
Pupils also took part in a variety of live lessons provided by the NFU Science Farm Live. Our Year 5 & 6 pupils attended Lambing Live and Future Farming Robots. Years 3 & 4 attended Vet School and were not too keen to learn how vets take the temperature of a cow! Years 1 & 2 answered the age-old question, which came first the chicken or the egg?
All pupils were set the challenge of innovating a classroom for the future. Pupils were given a budget which had to cover everything they wanted for their classroom, including the walls and windows! They had to think about what inventions would make their classrooms future proof. The ideas were endless and they loved having the creative control over their rooms.
The rest of the week was filled with wonderful investigations. Year 1 and 2 looked at the way chocolate melts and sets whilst making Mother’s Day chocolates, Year 3 designed a Robo-bug and Year 6 made lava lamps.
Although not our usual kind of Science Week, pupils thoroughly enjoyed all the activities they completed and can’t wait to see what Science Week 2022 brings!
Take a look at the lovely article wrote about us by Adam at the Tameside Reporter
Science Week 2020
This year’s British Science Week theme was ‘our diverse planet’. Throughout the week, the children explored what diversity means and how it is represented across our planet. On Tuesday 10th PrimeVR gave the children the opportunity to visit the Borneo Rainforest and see the diverse range of animals and plants that are present there. They discussed the effects of deforestation and how it is affecting the animals that live there. They were able to move through the different layers of the rainforest and come face to face with the animal inhabitants. On Wednesday and Thursday the children took part in different science investigations where they were working scientifically and challenging their preconceptions. Friday saw Chester Zoo visit us. Children in key stage 2 focused on palm oil and the devastating effect it is having on rainforests, linking back to their PrimeVR workshop, while key stage 1 looked at the native and non-native species in our country and how we can support them better.
We also held a science poster competition and the top five posters as voted for by the children will be sent off to the national competition.
Click here for the overview of the Science Curriculum for 2020/21
Click here to see the school policy
Click here to read the Science Programmes of Study: Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum in England
At Home Science Learning
The British Science Association has created two different resource packs aimed at primary school children filled with lots of ways to enjoy science at home. If you complete any of the activities don't forget to show us over on Twitter, we'd love to see!