Science at Greenfields Community Primary is co-ordinated by Mrs Banks, who is a Specialist Leader of Education for Science. Mrs Banks also delivers Science training to other schools through the STEM Learning Partnership.
As recognition for the high quality Science work that goes on throughout the year groups, from our 2 year old provision up to Year 6, our school has earned the Primary Science Quality Mark Award. We are extremely proud of this 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 Science 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 there are undiscovered species?
In Nursery & Reception the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and science is very much intertwined in everything they do. This 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, for example bringing some snow, leaves or soil 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 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.
Each year we hold a Science Week and link it with a Global Goal in line with our curriculum aims of Aspiration, Initiative and Environment. We explore current issues such as climate change, sea pollution and plastic litter in our oceans. Have a look at some of our photos!
Every year we also compete in the 7 Billion Ideas project and a group of our Year 5 pupils represented the school in the finals this time. We are always looking for inventions that could change the world!
Every Friday afternoon we have ‘Greenfields University’. This is when each teacher runs a course and we choose something that interests us. There are often courses with a Science link and it helps us to look at which careers we might like in the future too, for example . . .
- Creative Engineering – where we linked Science and Art.
- Fizz Bang Boom (lots of messy exploration!)
- Forensic Science – where we even got to try on real uniforms 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
Here are some pictures from our courses: