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An Outstanding Church School

Science

Science at Bishop Monkton Primary School

Within the framework of the National Curriculum, it is our aim that the children will develop a positive attitude towards science, and are eager to discover, question and explore.Our aim is for the children to achieve well in science, by not only acquiring the necessary knowledge and understanding, but by also understanding its value and enjoying the experience of working scientifically. To ensure that our children have secure science skills and understanding we teach science as a discrete subject.

 

 

Working Scientifically

Throughout all science topics we aim to encourage, embed and develop ways of working scientifically. The types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing. Where possible, we encourage children to self-select these approaches to find answers to their investigations.

 

EYFS

Children are encouraged to develop their scientific enquiry as soon as they begin the Early Years Foundation Stage, through different types of play, practical activities and experiential learning opportunities. Children will be provided with meaningful experiences that stimulate their senses and encourage them to ask questions to understand the world around them.

 

Cross-curricular links

We aim to have strong cross-curricular links, using core maths, literacy and computing skills within science lessons in order to ask questions, record observations and draw conclusions. Where possible, scientific investigations are linked to our topic work, so that children are able to make links with the world around them, and to further understand the uses and implications of science in a practical way. Whenever possible, children are given first-hand practical experiences to enhance their learning, alongside appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.

                                  

 

Educational Visits and Visitors

Where possible the children go on Science educational visits. Educational visits are a positive teaching tool that help to enthuse the children about science, as well as enhance their scientific learning, knowledge and understanding.

Visitors into school also provide valuable expertise and resources that help to enhance the Science curriculum.

                     

 

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Science is currently being explored through Construction Club, enabling children to design, engineer and test structures using a variety of materials. They have the opportunity to develop their imagination and creative side as well as their problem solving skills.

                                  

 

Greenbugs also runs throughout the year to promote our status as an eco-school. We are continuing to improve and evaluate the following areas across our school: Waste, Energy, Water, Litter, School grounds, healthy eating, Global citizenship, Living things and Transport.

 

 

Useful websites for Science at home

 

http://primarygamesarena.com/Subjects/Science

 

http://www.primaryinteractive.co.uk/science.htm

 

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/science.htm

 

http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/

 

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz

 

KS1

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6svr82

 

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1science.html

 

http://www.science-sparks.com/category/key-stage-1/

 

KS2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z2pfb9q

 

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2science.html

 

http://www.science-sparks.com/category/key-stage-2/

 

 

 

We have been celebrating British Science Week (13th - 17th March 2017).

 

Every class has taken part in daily science investigations and experiments that have provoked questions and curiosity amongst pupils. We have had practical, hands on experiences and found out how science has contributed to everyday life!

 

Have a look at our investigations below!

 

 

 

Lydia – “My favourite was the cornflour slime because when you hold it, it’s a solid but when you just let it go it turns into a liquid.”

 

Callum – “When you blow on it it sinks and makes a pattern. If you don’t stir it and just leave it a but it goes different colours.”

 

A mysterious photo trail has also appeared across the school grounds, and we had the chance to observe the photos closely to work out which everyday objects were magnified many times!