The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:
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.
This team of Terrificccc scientists will help the school to follow our principles for scientific learning.
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.”
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
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."