In our science lessons we want all children to experience the joy and excitement of investigation and discovery. Learning experiences are hands on and practical with differentiated activities and open-ended questions that allow for the progress of all learners.
We make good use of fantastic resources such as digital microscopes, electrical components and models of the human body and encourage our pupils to ask questions and then come up with ways to test their hypotheses. Children frequently work together on group experiments, predicting, collecting results and drawing conclusions.
We make good use of the school grounds at both sites, enjoying building mini-beast hotels and testing our sundials and parachutes. Recent cross curricular fun days have included making light up Harry Potter wands and considering forces when building the Parthenon.
Science weeks are a celebration of everything that wizzes, bubbles, explodes and surprises. Parents are invited to join in on the fun, where workshops such as: forensics and animal handling are experienced. A real highlight was a visit by Clare Warren from the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) who inspired a class full of future astronauts and even led a rocket making workshop for staff! Another event we all look forward to every year is the opportunity to watch live eggs hatching inside the classroom while we learn about life cycles, growing and changing.
In addition to these fabulous school-based experiences, trips are organised to consolidate and extend understanding. Recent outings have included the Science and Natural History Museums in London, Whipsnade Zoo and our local favourite- Stockwood Discovery Centre.
If your child has a real interest in all things science or has tricky questions that you’re struggling to answer, why not have a look at the following websites? There are also some fun games and activities to try.