In science we have learning all about the circulatory system and part part of that is blood. We learnt all about the 4 complements of blood (plasma, placements, white blood cells and red cells) and then decided to create our very own sample of blood. We first added...
This week in Year 3 we have been learning about light. We sorted different objects into what's a light source and what isn't. We also discussed light that is reflected in relation to the moon.
This afternoon Year 5 have been learning all about the Solar System. We have been learning all about how many days it takes for different planets to orbit the sun. We then used our maths skills to round the numbers up to the nearest day. [gallery type="rectangular"...
Year 5 have been working really hard to learn lots of knowledge about the Solar System. We have learnt that the Sun is a star, the Earth is one of eight planets that travel around the Sun as well as the names of the planets. We then used the Chrome Books to research...
This morning we are working on an exciting project introducing our new unit of the Solar System. We are using facts and then presenting this information in small groups.
This afternoon Year 5 have been learning all about levers, pulleys and gears. We have learnt lots of new language including fulcrum, arm and load. We then showed this working mechanism using everyday objects. [gallery type="rectangular"...
We spent our Science lesson this week looking at different types of seeds. We talked about germination and what seeds need to grow and survive.
Year 5 have put their knowledge to the test this afternoon! We have been learning all about air resistance and then carried out an investigation. We planned our investigation by predicting and thinking about the variables we wanted to change and keep the same. We then...
In Year 6, we are enjoying our learning all about evolution and inheritance. Today we learnt about physical traits that offspring can inherit from their parents. We had fun creating what we think offspring of a giraffe and gorilla would look like. We drew this new...
At Elsecar Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. Therefore, we have designed our science curriculum with the intent that our children will develop an in-depth understanding of the world around them and an understanding of how major scientific ideas have played a vital role in society, to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
We will deliver a science curriculum that:
- has working scientifically at its core, so that children have opportunities to develop practical enquiry skills to engage with the world in a scientific way and make sense of what they are learning about living things, the environment, materials and physical processes
- provides a range of hands-on experiences to promote engagement and presents opportunities for the discussion and questioning which develop understanding
- develops key scientific skills, including observing, predicting, problem solving, decision making, communication and critical thinking
- provides opportunities for different types of enquiry, such as pattern seeking, observing over time, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing and research using secondary sources
- builds upon prior knowledge and a progression of skills to ensure all children have a secure understanding and knowledge of key science concepts
- develops creativity and curiosity, so that children ask questions about the world around them and have the desire to explore and investigate
Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as educational visits linked to the science curriculum, as well as visits to RSPB Wetlands and Elsecar Heritage Centre and Elsecar Park.
The National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework 2017 provide the basis for our science curriculum, which is then tailored to meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school.
Teachers will plan science using the newly developed progression document which will allow children to build upon prior knowledge and understanding. Knowledge organisers have been developed and introduced for teachers and pupils to use for each topic for reference and assessment purposes. This will map out the knowledge, vocabulary and skills needed to master the concepts.
- become resilient, independent and curious scientists who ask questions and find things out for themselves
- be able to communicate their ideas and findings using appropriate scientific terminology
- have an awareness of the full range of scientific careers and pathways available to them and will be keen to pursue STEM subjects at secondary school
There are 5 types of scientific enquiry highlighted in the national curriculum for science and opportunities to plan and carry out each of the enquiry types have been written into our sequence of learning
When children plan and carry out scientific enquiries, they also learn how to develop their working scientifically skills. These are:
- Asking questions
- Making predictions
- Setting up tests
- Observing and measuring
- Recording data
- Interpreting and communicating results
- Our science curriculum provides opportunities for children to revisit their prior learning. Each lesson starts with a knowledge check activity, and we also use quizzes, games, and other practical activities to assess children’s knowledge and understanding. These activities provide explicit opportunities for children to make direct links between prior and current learning.
A sample of our Science sequencing:
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