Welcome to the Science page.
Mrs Cokell leads Science throughout school.
Our Science curriculum …
Science Learning Pathway
Sequenced opportunity to revisit key science knowledge…
Substantive – facts about scientists and themes
Themes – for example … electricity, living things, materials, forces
Procedural – development of the disciplines of Science
Procedural – for example – experimenting, enquiry, testing….
Disciplinary – How the children want to develop their ideas and thoughts as a Scientist
Science is taught for around 90 minutes every week. Each class will have other opportunities to make links with other STEM subjects as the timetable allows during the week.
Science is assessed by the class teacher and subject leader following our Sandylands model:
Checkpoint 1 – What do the children already know? Led by the class teacher at the start of each Science topic/lesson
Checkpoint 2 – Teacher assessment at the end of the lesson- what have the children learnt, followed up in subsequent lessons by recapping the facts and knowledge learnt so far.
Checkpoint 3 – Teacher assessed – at the end of the unit in the form of quizzes, class discussions. This allows the class teacher to understand which children need further understanding and if there any misconceptions.
Checkpoint 4 – Teacher assessed – after 4 weeks – quizzes to check what the children know and can remember.
Checkpoint 5 – Subject leader will interview groups of children to analyse what they have learnt, how they have mastered key concepts and can apply their knowledge and understanding. The subject leader will also conduct a pupil book study and look at understanding of disciplinary knowledge using set questions.
CPD for teachers
Like all subject leaders, Mrs Cokell is committed to continuing professional development in Science. She has worked alongside one of our Governors who was a High school Science teacher. She regularly supports class teachers with the planning and delivery of their Science topics, looking at ways to engage and develop children’s enthusiasm for the world of Science.
Year 1 have been learning all about how plants grow, and Year 3 have been doing a scientific investigation looking at the conditions that plants need to grow. Year 3 looked at how different seeds took longer to germinate and how plants grow at different rates. To...
Signs of Spring
In both Geography and Science, we learn about the seasons. In Geography, we look at the weather and track this at different times of the year. In Science, we learn about how the environment around us changes in each season. Here are Year 1, looking for signs of...
Design Technology – Lightboxes
Year 4 have been busy designing , making and evaluating their own lightbox designs recently during Design Technology. They used their knowledge from their Science sessions on Electricity to construct a simple circuit to light them...
Year 1 – Winter spotters
Snow day! Year 1 were lucky enough to go Winter spotting as part of their Science lessons today and it snowed! They talked about the changes in the weather and trees as well as experiencing real snow as they were walking across to the school orchard.
We went on a walk of our local area looking for signs of Autumn. We each had our own bag to gather any evidence we saw of Autumn. It was lovely to visit our orchard and observe nature.
Float or Sink?
We were set the question - What materials float and what materials sink? We tested our predictions to see if we were right!
Materials for Houses
We were set a challenge of why brick was the best house for the three little pigs. See how we tried out different materials to build houses from... Straw, Sticks and Brick
Year 1 Material spotters
Year 1 have had a great time in Science this week. They have been on a materials hunt and then trying to make the Three Little pigs a new home. Which material was the strongest for the job?
Last Updated on April 20, 2023