Hello, I am Mrs Udall and I am the Science lead here at St Peter’s. I have always been interested in Science and it was definitely my favourite subject when I was at school. I am fascinated by how things work and and how Science helps us to understand the world around us. There are so many amazing careers that use Science skills, so it is a very important subject for your future.
Why Science is such an important subject:
- Science helps children develop key skills in life, including an ability to communicate, remain organised and focused, and even form their own opinions based on observation. Science also helps children develop their senses and overall awareness.
- Children are hands-on learners, and the world around them provides so many natural opportunities. There are many occasions in Science to take part in experiments and get involved in investigations, as well as get messy sometimes!
- Children are primed for learning, and what they learn while they’re young can impact their interests later in life. Studies have shown that students begin to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) during their primary school years. Having an interest and knowledge in these subject areas provides future career opportunities.
(Taken from www.learningliftoff.com)
How we teach Science at St Peter’s
At St Peter’s we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. The staff at St Peter’s ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.
We have set up our very own Eco Committee!
We offer children the opportunity of being part of our Eco committee. Our Eco committee are dedicated to helping to preserve our planet and all living things on our planet.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
Science is taught consistently, once a week for up to two hours, but is discretely taught in many different contexts throughout all areas of the curriculum. For example, through English, i.e. writing a persuasive piece of writing encouraging people to help in conservation, etc.
Solar System Models
During lockdown, February 2021, when children were being taught remotely, children engaged in Science well and even carried out some simple experiments using equipment they could find at home. As a cross curricular project Year 5 children were set the tasks to make a Solar System model as part of their Earth and Space unit. We are so impressed with the designs that the children came up with and we are so happy that the models have been bought into school and put on display.
British Science Week 2021
Children had the chance to design and make a PotterBot doodle robot. Children had to think about the types of materials they could use, thinking of sustainability and recycled materials, then they designed a robot, tested it and had to think scientifically about how to make improvements to it. Children even thought about how an algorithm could be written to make the robot follow a set of instructions, incorporating Computing and Maths skills.
British Science Week 2019
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
We take part in extra curricular trips around our science topics like trips to the zoo learning about animal conservationists and going to the museum to become archaeologists!
Websites to learn more about Science at home:
These educational science-centred websites below provide a wide variety of hands-on activities, interactive games, quizzes, virtual experiments, and several other materials to engage young minds in immersive learning experiences covering various science topics and phenomena. Using a mixture of science knowledge and technology, kids will get to explore the world of science in fun and engaging ways.
1- NASA Kids’ Club
NASA Kids’ Club provides a lots of space focused games, videos, images and activities to introduce and help kids learn about the world of space.
2- BrianPOP Science
BrainPOP offers educational animated videos and lessons covering different science topics. Each featured science topic comes with illustrative videos, quizzes, and accompanying activities.
3- Discovery Kids
Another excellent source of educational video content to help kids learn about different science topics. The site also provides interactive games and links to mobile science apps for kids.
4- Science Kids
As its name indicates, Science for Kids is a website that features a treasure trove of educational science materials. These include online games, experiments, lesson plans, quizzes, science projects, free activities and many more.
5- National Geographic Kids
Nat Geo Kids enables science lovers to explore the world of science through a collection of apps, games, magazines, toys, videos, and many other materials.