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Science

Here at Peartree we believe that Science and Technology are crucial for the future development of our children – so many jobs are now science or technology based and it’s important that we foster a love of science and encourage curiosity in our children from a young age.

Science is a core subject and begins to be taught in Reception as part of knowledge and understanding of the world.  It continues throughout the school and is taught weekly through a range of exciting contexts and topics.

The New Curriculum for Science

There have been a few changes in science as part of the new curriculum.

In KS1 children will be taught                                                              In KS2 children will be taught

> Plants                                                                                                > Plants

> Animals, Including humans                                                               > Animals including Humans

> Everyday Materials and their uses                                                    > Rocks

> Seasonal Changes                                                                            > Light

> Living things and their habitats                                                          > Forces and Magnets

                                                                                                              > Living things and their habitats

                                                                                                              > States of Matter

                                                                                                              >  Sound

                                                                                                              > Electricity

                                                                                                              > Properties and changes of materials

                                                                                                              > Earth and Space

                                                                                                              >  Evolution and Inheritance

Some of these topics will be taught more than once but the progression of knowledge is increased as children move up the school.  The main way in which we assess children’s progress in science is through their science skills in the working scientifically strand.  There are five strands to working scientifically and we aim to teach at least one of these in every lesson.

Here are some examples

Research and models.

Models are important to represent real life things that we can’t investigate.

This year, year 4 experimented with some eggs to find out what happens to our teeth when you drink different drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                       Fair test                                       

Fair tests are important to investigate questions like which parachute will fall the quickest.  In these lessons we think carefully about the variables we would like to change and keep the same.

 

Observing over time

 

Some experiments take time to collate results so we can observe how they happen over time.  This is often evident when we look at plants and gives us time to think about how they grow and what they need to grow.

                                     Pattern Seeking                                       

We ask questions and look for patterns in our results.  For example do people with the biggest hand span pick up the most sweeties? Or does the bigger the seed mean the bigger the adult plant?

Sorting and classifying

                                                  

 

There are often lots of ways in which we can sort things and this is a key strand to working scientifically in science. 

At Peartree we endeavour to make our science lessons fun and engaging.  We enjoy using the Ipads in our lessons.

 

Science evening 2019

This year, we had lots of exciting experiments for the children to take part in - from rocket making to a human digestive system obstacle course. It was a great opportunity for the children to use a hands-on approach to learning and have fun at the same time!

 

Science week 2019

As part of our science week this year, we had Professor Bubbleworks join us to do some interactive experiments. All year groups had a chance to take part and some of the children got involved too!

Here are some fun Science experiments you might like to do at home.

Are Blue Smarties Really Blue?

Fizzing Fun

Creeping Colour

We are currently working towards achieving the Primary Science Quality Mark award. As a school we have worked alongside the children to create our own Science principles. These are what we feel are important in our Science lessons. These are displayed in all our classrooms. Have a look at them using the link below.

Science principles

Take a look at Science around our school.