At Place Farm Primary School Science is a time for children to explore their scientific enquiry and develop their scientific confidence. It is recognised as a core subject and is taught weekly in all year groups. Children undertake practical experiments to understand how Science works in the world. They predict and explore ideas in a number of areas. These including: light, the human circulatory system, electricity and sound to name a few. In addition, they build skills around using and applying their scientific vocabulary. Finally, children are confident in doing Science by demonstrating a readiness to modify ideas and take risks. They seek to collaborate and work co-operatively with their peers.
Reasons for learning Science
Science is a fantastic opportunity for children to explore the world around them and pose questions. It gives them the chance to learn a range of skills which they can use throughout their life. The subject has natural links with many other subjects including maths, project, reading and writing.
British Science Week
Each year Place Primary School holds a Science Week, in the spring term, with a focus on introducing children to a range of topics and projects surrounding Science. During the week children have the opportunity to undertake exciting investigations in and outside of the classroom. The children are so enthused by the learning that goes on in British Science Week that they tend to take their learning home to share with their parents and families.
Developing the children’s scientific vocabulary is something else we believe has a vital importance to children’s scientific confidence. At the start of each science unit the children take home a knowledge organiser rich in key scientific vocabulary. It is the children’s responsibility to ensure that they practise and retain this knowledge and terminology ready for ‘pop quizzes’ at the start of each science lesson. The knowledge organisers are available on the school website as well for your attention.