Science at Scotts Primary School
Intent: At Scotts, we want our children to be inquisitive about the world around them. Our curriculum has been developed by staff to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and to foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about natural phenomena. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment which helps to develop children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding within biology, chemistry and physics. Throughout our school, we encourage and celebrate ‘working scientifically’. Children develop enquiry skills, such as; questioning, researching, observing and performing simple tests to explore the nature, processes and methods of science. Scientific language is to be taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages. We ensure all children, regardless of ethnicity, gender, class, aptitude or disability, are equipped with the scientific vocabulary and knowledge to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Scotts Primary School, we promote children’s enthusiasm and curiosity for science at every opportunity. Provided with a range of appropriate experiences and resources, children will be encouraged to take part in hands-on investigations, predict outcomes and evaluate their findings. To foster deep scientific thinking, we provide children with the opportunity to develop their working scientifically skills through practical enquiries. The five practical enquiries planned for in science lessons include; fair and comparative testing, observation over time, identification and classification, pattern-seeking and research using secondary sources. Below is a gallery of some of our favourite pictures from this year, taken across the school!
Science in action
This term the children will be exploring:
In Year 1, children will identify and name a variety of everyday materials. From observations, the children will describe the simple physical properties of wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock. They will conduct their own experiments to investigate which materials float and sink.
In Year 3, children will expand on their understanding of materials by grouping them on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet. They will observe how magnets attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing. Children will also test the scientific question 'Are larger magnets always the strongest?' by planning and conducting their own investigation.
In Year 5, children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets. Children will learn which changes are reversible and irreversible. They will perform practical enquiries to test the most effective ways to separate materials using either filtration, sieving or evaporation.
Brentwood School Science Exhibition
A team of Year 5 pupils attended the annual science exhibition at Brentwood School. Our entry was themed around electricity. We made our own 'electrodough' to power a light bulb and also created a very impressive banana piano! The judges were extremely impressed with the children's vocabulary and enthusiasm which resulted in Scotts Primary School winning the 'most fun science experiment' on the day.
In Year 2, children will be identifying and discussing the uses of different everyday materials. Children will be focusing on describing the properties of materials which make them suitable or unsuitable for particular purposes. They will investigate and explore how squashing, bending, twisting and stretching affects the shapes of solid objects. Children will perform practical enquiries to test properties such as absorbency, elasticity and how waterproof different materials are.
In Year 4, children will identify common appliances that run on electricity and begin to understand where electricity comes from. We will cover the precautions of working safely with electricity and create informative posters to place around the school. Children will construct simple series circuits, identifying key parts and investigating different hypotheses. To finish the unit, children will create their own buzz wire game to play in a Year 4 science quiz!
This term the children will be exploring:
In Year 6, children will develop their understanding of how components function in a circuit, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches. Children will now develop their circuit diagrams to include recognised symbols. Children will also investigate how to design a dimmer switch, using a graphite pencil, and investigate how it affects the resistance in an electrical circuit. To finish the unit, children will design and create their own Christmas light decoration circuit.
Science sparks is a great website with some amazing practical ideas for KS1 and KS2 children.
If you perform any science activities at home, we would love to see some photos - tweet your pictures to @scottsprimary.
This website has lots of fun activities and investigations which can be performed at home. It also has some fun science Live Lessons available to stream!
Do you want to learn more about famous scientists? Here is a link:
Explorify is another excellent resource which we often use in the classroom. You have to create an account, but it’s free and has lots of great videos and hands-on science activities.
The Eden Project is an amazing attraction in Cornwall. Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. This website gives ideas on how you can create your own Eden at home.