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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Science

Science curriculum maps

Intent
The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this

At Trotts Hill, we understand that children are naturally curious and we encourage this inquisitive nature throughout their time with us and beyond. Science fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Through the programmes of study in the National Curriculum science document, children will acquire and develop these skills throughout their Primary years. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout their school career so that they can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts confidently, and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.

A set of five science principles – fun, inspiring, curious, collaborate, creative and communicate – are followed in the delivery of science learning. They aim to give children a love of science and provide them with transferrable skills. Pupils are actively involved by deciding themselves which principles have been met and which ones need more of a profile.  Science Ambassadors meet regularly and air their views about science teaching and learning.

Update: The Hunter family were tracking the development of tadpoles in their garden. However, they didn't find any that had grown into frogs. Can you think of what might have happened to them?

Frogspawn 2.4.20
Frogspawn 3.4.20
Frogspawn 6th April 2020
It is brilliant that many children are exploring all kinds of scientific ideas at home.  They are great fun and many don't need any special equipment.  Try some of the activities below.  Remember, you can inspire others by sharing your investigations on the Trotts Hill blogs in Purple Mash.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is asking people to get involved with counting bees.  Even if you don't want to take part, the website contains ideas for activities.  Children may well be very surprised about the variety of bumblebees in our environment. https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/surveys/

EYFS and KS1 children might enjoy this activity about melting. There are suggestions for older children too. Have fun!

KS2 children may like to try some of these fun-filled science and engineering activities. Remember to seek permission from your parents first as some involve the use of household electrical items and others may result in a bit of a mess!

Science Ambassadors

This team of Terrificccc scientists will help the school to follow our principles for scientific learning.
 

  • Sophie, Charlie, Elana, Jake, Penny, Hayden, Lacey, Susannah

2019 - GSK

 

We are very fortunate to have strong links with GSK in Stevenage. Emma Richardson, a Trotts Hill parent and governor, posed an exciting challenge for our would-be engineers in Years 5 and 6. Using Knex, they were tasked with creating a flying machine of the past, present or future. The activity fulfilled many of  our Terrificccc princples – fun, inspire, creative, communicate, collaborate.

 

Unfortunately, we could only put forward one winner to go forward to the county competition, although there was an impressive number of contenders for the top spot.

 

Congratulations to Blake and Jake. Blake said, ” I found the challenge easy as I have Knex at home and my brother is studying mechanical engineering at GCSE.” Joscelyn (who secured 3rd place with EH) said, “It was a little bit hard but I really like building things.  I would like do engineering in the future.”

2019 - Setpoint

Pupils in KS2 entered a Setpoint Herfordshire paper engineering challenge to create a beautiful bird. They had one hour to design and make the bird using a template of shapes

2019 - Science Club

A pop-up science club saw the Science Ambassadors, and fellow KS2 pupils, investigating fingerprints. Florence commented that she "didn’t realise finger prints could be classified into three distinct types."

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