At Quinton Primary School, we aim to stimulate a child's curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. We teach methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level. At the start of each science topic, the children are given a knowledge organiser to help guide them and deepen their understanding of the topic being covered. Each knowledge organiser is also linked to a famous scientist.
During British Science week, 11th - 18th March, the whole school took part in a 'Science Week'. The children in each class undertook a variety of investigations linked to the theme of 'Growth' - topic which was interpreted in different ways in each year group. Nursery have been looking at seeds and having been growing a number of different plants and in their new outdoor area they are planning to plant an array of herbs and grass. In year1, the children have compared life cycles and have also found out more about animals with Angie's animals. Year 2 have also planted some seeds and have used the Forest School area to explore the soil and mud and to find worms! All very messy but great fun! Meanwhile, in year 5, where the topic is currently 'Walls and Barricades', the class enjoyed finding out how walls are built with a visit from a local builder. He showed the children how different types of walls are constructed and explained about the properties of some of the key materials, such as cement, concrete and in particular the qualities of limestone. It was fascinating! Year 6, looked at genetics.
Many children took part in the competition to complete a science investigation at home and present it in any way they chose. Almost 50 children took part, making it very difficult to choose winners for each key stage, as so many varied investigations had been attempted and presented in so many different ways. Well done to all those budding scientists who took part.
Science Long Term Plan
Below you will find a copy of our science topic long term plan for Years 1-6. The topics which are written in red, show areas which need to be covered from the previous year. This is to ensure any gaps in children's scientific knowledge are plugged as a result of the children missing their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Science in Early Years and Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) is covered through the early learning goals for 'Knowledge and Understanding of the World'.
We are now using science knowledge organisers through from year 1- 6 to support the children in their learning. Each organiser consists of key vocabulary linked to the science topic, a significant scientist, useful diagrams/models and facts.