At St James’ Primary and Nursery our vision is to give children a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve this it involves exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.
Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long leaRners who will explore the world around them.
Science represents a body of knowledge which is built up through experimental testing of idea and which is organised in a way that makes it easy to use. It is also a methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions.
Our aims in teaching Science are that all children will:*retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them
*find science enjoyable and exciting
*develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork
*come to understand the nature of ‘scientific method’ involving: careful observation, the making and testing of predictions, the design of fair and controlled experiments, the drawing of meaningful conclusions through critical reasoning and the evaluation of evidence
*become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data
*begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiery
Explosive science experiments!
Conductors and Insulators
Science at Home
What is a year?
How long is a year on Earth?
How long is a year on Neptune?
Why are they so different?
In Year 5 we are describing the reproduction of plants through pollination. We dissected flowering plants to look for the female parts (carpel: stigma and style, ovary and ovules) and male parts (stamen: carpel and filament).
States of Matter
We learned about the term 'viscosity' and predicted which liquids would prove to be more viscous. The children designed and carried out liquid races to see if their predictions were correct!
We looked at melting points and made some delicious treats using chocolate! We found that chocolate melted at 32ºC, which was very different to our ice experiment. We like this kind of experimentation!
Ice block towers!
We had a competition to see who could make the tallest tower from ice cubes. Pupils were given the freedom to choose from a selection of ingredients to see if they helped or caused extra problems! Pupils were given the option of using gloves - many turned this down as they thought it would 'warm up' the ice cubes! We discovered that this was a misconception!
By using salt, we found that cubes would fuse together. We researched why this happens and thought about practical applications for salt in cold weather.