Science at Greenfields Community Primary is coordinated and led by Miss Heckels, who is a Specialist Leader of Education for Science.
This year was a very successful year at Greenfields Primary and we worked extremely hard in order to get recognition for the high quality Science work that goes on throughout the year groups; from our 2 year old provision up to Year 6. For this, the school earned the Primary Science Quality Mark Award.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is a highly successful, unique award programme to develop and celebrate the profile of science teaching, learning and leadership in primary schools. Science subject leaders join a local PSQM hub and are supported by professional development to achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark for their schools.
Our whole school shared principles are at the heart of our Science teaching and learning and are embedded throughout all year groups. Although the terminology is sometimes adapted to be age-appropriate, the key principles are evident through all classes and year groups.
In Science, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world, around them. In accordance with the National Curriculum guidelines, the children in each phase have experience of topics drawn from Biology, Physics and Chemistry. They learn to question and discuss how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will happen and analyse the causes.
We use our Enquiry based curriculum in Science too, where each topic begins with a ‘What if…?’ question for the children to investigate, explore and ask questions about.
What if we had never found the first fossil?
What if we are not alone in our universe?
What if we could create our own species?
In Reception the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and science is very much intertwined in everything they do and includes technology, people and communities and the world. They explore science topics, using their senses to develop their skills of observation, prediction and discussion. They make use of their environment and recently brought some snow into the class to investigate, explore and make predictions.
In Key Stage 1 the children use practical, hands-on experiences, books, photographs and videos to look closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world and are encouraged to be curious and ask questions, and build on the foundation laid down in Early Years. They begin to write at length about their investigations and predictions.
By using scientific processes – observing, problem solving, pattern seeking, predicting outcomes of experiments and communicating findings in a variety of ways – the children begin to develop their understanding of scientific ideas.
In Key Stage 2, the children broaden their scientific view of the world by exploring, talking about, developing and testing their ideas. They then use their evidence, scientific knowledge and understanding to justify and explain their findings using more complex scientific vocabulary.
We believe that with the experience of scientific processes and a wide range of topics the children will be well equipped to meet the challenges of science work in their future school years and life beyond.
At Greenfields Primary we like to make our learning fun and hands on so we widen the children’s opportunities wherever possible. We enhance their learning by going on visits, inviting science experts in and becoming involved in many local and national initiatives.
This year for Science Week, the theme was ‘Discovery and Exploration’. We decided to link it with a Global Goal – Life Below Water, in line with the current issue of sea pollution and plastic litter in our oceans. Each teacher ran an activity and the children moved around in a carousel so that they could try out lots of different experiments and investigations. Have a look at some of our photos!
For the second year running we have been involved with the 7 Billion Ideas project and a group of our Year 4 pupils represented the school in the finals this year!
Every Friday afternoon we have ‘Greenfields University’. This is where each teacher runs a course and we choose something that interests us. There are lots of courses with a Science link and it helps us look at which careers we might like in the future too.
Here are some pictures from our courses.
- Creative Engineering – where we link Science and Art.
- Fizz Bang Boom (lots of messy exploration!)
- Forensic Science – where we even got to try on real uniform and overalls given to us by one of our parents!
- Global Superheroes – investigating our impact on the environment and how we can plan ahead for the future by looking after our Earth