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Science

“Our favourite part of Science is doing experiments.”

“I get to find out new thing when I am learning about Science.”

“Science is when people discover and invent new things.”

National Curriculum

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. They should be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They should be helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They should begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. Most of the learning about science should be done through the use of first-hand practical experiences, but there should also be some use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos. ‘Working scientifically’ is described separately in the programme of study, but must always be taught through and clearly related to the teaching of substantive science content in the programme of study. Throughout the notes and guidance, examples show how scientific methods and skills might be linked to specific elements of the content. Pupils should read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.

Lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4)

The principal focus of science teaching in lower key stage 2 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They should ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They should draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out. ‘Working scientifically’ is described separately at the beginning of the programme of study, but must always be taught through and clearly related to substantive science content in the programme of study. Throughout the notes and guidance, examples show how scientific methods and skills might be linked to specific elements of the content. Pupils should read and spell scientific vocabulary correctly and with confidence, using their growing word reading and spelling knowledge.

Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6)

The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. At upper key stage 2, they should encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. They should also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time. They should select the most appropriate ways to answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out using a wide range of secondary sources of information. Pupils should draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings. ‘Working and thinking scientifically’ is described separately at the beginning of the programme of study, but must always be taught through and clearly related to substantive science content in the programme of study. Throughout the notes and guidance, examples show how scientific methods and skills might be linked to specific elements of the content. Pupils should read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary correctly.

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Useful Websites

www.britishscienceassociation.org/british-science-week

www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science.html

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/topic/science.shtml

www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

Fun science experiments to do at home which create the ‘wow’ factor in Science. - https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/

The wonderful experiences our children have to develop as scientists

Enrichment opportunities

Science Nelson University – Phase 1 and 2

On a Friday afternoon, children from phase 1 and 2 have the opportunity to carry out science investigations and use their working scientifically skills to predict, measure and problem solve.

Science Week – 14th- 18th March 2016

To start the week off, children will take part in fun and exciting assemblies led by a professional scientist!

During this week each class will also have the opportunity to carry out some exciting science experiments and learn about different science phenomena.

Bubbleworks after school Science club.

Trips

Year 1

Science Museum – Seasons

Natural History Museum – Animals

Year 2

Twickenham Rugby Stadium – Materials

Year 3

Natural History Museum – Rocks and Soils
Kew Gardens – Plants

Year 4

London zoo – Habitats

Year 5 

Aerodrome – Space

Year 6 

The Science Museum- The Human Body

Visit our gallery to view the photograph collections of the enrichment opportunities, visits and trips, workshops and special visitors children experience as part of their science learning experiences.

Competitions

Science Week Poster Competition

Launch: Friday 4th March

Deadline: Monday 14th March

As part of Science Week this year, Nelson will be running a poster competition. Our theme is ‘What is the best invention?’

The poster should include information about the inventor, the science behind the invention and what followed the invention.

Make the poster as eye-catching as possible as the best poster from each year group will be chosen and will receive an exciting prize!

Updates/Recent Publications

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/maintaining-curiosity-a-survey-into-science-education-in-schools

 Primary Science Quality Mark

In September 2016, Nelson will be working towards achieving the Primary Science Quality Mark by demonstrating the range of Science teaching which occurs in our school. For more information see: http://www.psqm.org.uk/