Why Do We Teach Science?
An enriched science education gives children the foundations for understanding the world around them through biology, chemistry and physics. Science is continuously changing our lives and is vital for the world's future success. Children will gain an understanding of scientific methods and applying scientific principles to everyday life as well as acquiring the knowledge of different topics. As children progress through school, their scientific skills of predicting, explaining and analysing results will develop. Children will also complete a range of practical experiments which will develop their curiosity and allow them to think about how science affects our day-to-day lives.
National Curriculum Aims
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
What We Cover
Below is the yearly overview for the topics being taught in science across the school.
Early Years Science
In the early years, children will learn about their environment around them. The will be given opportunities to explore the natural environment, everyday objects and their surroundings. They will be able to explore indoor and outdoor surroundings and be given opportunities to to observe and record their findings through drawing, writing and photographs.
Science Around School - What Have We Been Getting Up To?
British Science Week - 11th - 15th March
We will be celebrating British Science Week in school by completing different science activities each afternoon.
Monday - We will introduce this year's theme - Journeys.
Tuesday - Children will write up and complete an experiment.
Wednesday - We will be looking at Earth and the environment. This will focus on a hot topic at the moment - for example - climate change, plastic pollution, endangered animals etc.
Thursday - We will be looking at careers in science. KS1 will role play different careers in science. KS2 will choose a particular career in science and research it.
Friday - This will give children the chance to finish off any activities. Then, we have a whole school assembly in the afternoon by FizzPop Science.
We also have some workshops running during the week. Medical Mavericks are in on Monday working with Years 5 and 6. FizzPop science are running a workshop with Year 4 on Friday.
Look out for photos and details of what each class has been up to.
Space Week - October 4th - 11th October
We had a fantastic Space week in school celebrating National Space Week. This year's theme was 'Space Unites the World'.
EYFS looked at the moon landing and built 3D rockets!
Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 created aliens.
Year 4 looked at the International Space Station.
Year 5 looked at how astronauts working in space can help people on Earth. They looked at how we can predict natural disasters from space and how we can help prepare people for them.
Year 6 looked at our Solar System and carried out some research on the different planets.
Thursday 5th October - Space Week
WB 2nd October it was national space week so on Thursday 5th October, in the afternoon, everyone across school did an activity based around space.
KS2 then shared what they had been learning in assembly.
31st October - Halloween Science
In the afternoon on Halloween, some classes decided to do a WOW science afternoon completing some seriously spooky science experiments.
One particularly interesting experiment involved a pumpkin, bicarbonate soda, food colouring and vinegar. Take a look below...
Wednesday 21st March - Heart Dissection at Grace Academy
On Wednesday, some of our Year 4 and 5 children went to Grace Academy to carry out a heart dissection to see how the heart functions. This was a new experience for our children and it was great to see them getting involved and being engaged in the activity.
Science Week - 26th - 29th March
Every afternoon this week Woods Bank have been carrying out science experiments. Let's take a look at what we have been getting up to...
KS1 - KS1 carried out WOW experiments in their own classrooms.
KS2 - Carried out wow experiments on a rota. All children completed three different mini experiments.
KS1 - Most classes completed a mini-beast hunt!
KS2 - Completed a science lesson based on their current topic.
KS1 - Completed an activity on animals and their habitats.
KS2 - Volcanoes! All classes worked in small groups to create a volcano. They then got to watch it erupt!
KS1 - Animal group! A group called Zoo2u came to visit our school and show us some different animals. They had meerkats, tortoise, possum and an owl.
KS2 - Personal choice. Some completed wow experiments and some decided to complete an activity based on their current topic.