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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Science

Curriculum Overviews

Intent of our Science curriculum

 

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.

We follow the National Curriculum for science which is delivered through a progressive path of knowledge and skills designed by Herts for Learning.  These are available for viewing in school on request.  The National Curriculum can be viewed via the link below.

Science Ambassadors

 

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

  • Ilaria, Jessica, Annie, Emmanuela, Luke, Evie- Grace, Layla, Alanna and Tynan

 

They are responsible for helping teachers to maintain and improve the high standard of science education at Trotts Hill. They monitor their learning experience against the principles listed below.

Competition time with the UK Space Agency

Your art work could be launched into space!  The UK Space Agency has a competition to design a logo that will feature on UK rockets launched in 2022.  The details on the website below.  The video explains it too.  Your adult will need to upload your entry.  You have plenty of time to create something special as the deadline isn't until March.  Don't forget to bring a picture of your entry into school to show your teacher. 

Spring Term Whole school investigation 'Flap a Fish'

To kick start 2022, the whole school investigated different questions about what affects how a fish far or fast a fish can be flapped.  There was a variety of enquiries across the year groups such as:

Which is the best material for the fish?

Does the size make a difference?

Does the object that is used for flapping affect the travel of the fish?

 

"It was fun because we got to time them and recorded in our books." Izzy

 

"I thought it was exciting, fun and different because we had not done an activity like that before.  I also thought it was interesting because it involved lots of skills." - Alanna 

Autumn Term Year 3 Investigating rocks

Year 3 have been investigating rocks.  They have explored the properties of rocks and tested for strength.  In addition they have learnt how fossils and soil are made.

Autumn Term Year 4 - Animals and Humans

Year 4 have been learning lots about the human body including the digestive system and teeth. They carried out an experiment to test which drinks are the best and worst for your teeth by using an egg. Year 4 have also learnt about food chains, labelling producers, prey and predators. They concluded the topic by comparing animals' and humans' teeth, identifying how their diet effects the teeth that they need.  

Autumn Term Year 5 Bath bombs

Year 5 chemists set about investigating what makes the best bath bomb. The chose their own question and tests varied from whether the colour had an affect on the effervescence, or the brand of bicarbonate of soda, the amount of an ingredient or the type of acid. We discussed the industries that make use of this chemistry.

Autumn Term - Year 6 - Evolution and Inheritance

In Science, we are studying Evolution and Inheritance. We have learnt about Darwin's Theory of Evolution, in relation to his trip to the Galapagos Islands where he discovered 15 different species of finch with different shaped beaks, which correlated to the types of food they were eating. We decided to test which tool would make the best shaped beak for collecting food. Each group decided on their own way to investigate and present their results. 

Buzzing about bees

The whole school became naturalists as we conducted our own research into bees.  The children were fascinated by these hard-working pollinators.  Many were surprised to learn how different bumble bees are to honey bees.  Years 5 and 6 also learnt that being a bee detective is an actual job!  There were maths skills in evidence too with the use of tally charts and graphs. 

Bailey carried out  a rocket investigation as part of the Science Ambassadors Virtual Club.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Five nature activities to try at home

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