Science at The Blake School

MAGIC MILK

See the link below for Magic Milk. This investigation is fun at home you just need milk, a plate, food colouring, washing up liquid and cotton buds. It is one that will be good for your observation (careful looking) skills. So before you put the colour in what do you think will happen when you drop it in? You could record your ideas. Then when you put the colours in - watch - what can you see? What is happening?  Then before you put the soap in have a guess (a prediction) about what you think may happen. Now put some soap on the end of the cotton bud and put it gently in the middle of the colours and observe really closely. Why do you think this is happening? How could you do this experiment differently? 

 

LOCKDOWN HOME LEARNING
 
Why not try an investigation each week to help you focus on your investigative and fair testing skills and this will hopefully inspire you to move on to your own investigations using those skills. 
 
The skills we are going to be focusing on are:
Questioning - coming up with an initial question to investigate and then raising questions throughout the investigation 
Predicting - before you start the investigation Scientists think about what is going to happen and why. 
Observation skills - when you do your investigations look and listen really carefully. What is happening and why? Look for the smallest changes.
Recording - Write down your question, predictions and observations - then when you look back you can see what went well/or badly and use that knowledge to plan the next investigation. 
Measuring - you will need to use your maths skills to measure during these investigations. Often we will be measuring time to ensure we are using the same amount of time during our investigations. 
Planning - you can investigate anything that you are interested in if you learn to plan investigations for yourself. 
Concluding - what do you think you learnt from your investigation? Why do you think that? What evidence have you got? Do you need to redo your investigation to check? What could you do as a next step?  
 
 
 

Intent, Implementation and Impact of Science at The Blake Primary School

Intent

At The Blake Primary School, it is our intention to recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. We give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. Our vision is to ignite and nurture pupils natural curiosity; to encourage and inspire them to confidently explore and discover the world around them through a hands-on, enquiry based curriculum so that they will gain a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. We aim to give them opportunities, both inside and outside the school, to wonder, question, take risks, experiment, investigate, challenge and to reflect and learn from their mistakes.

Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who are equipped to explore the ever-changing world around them.

In addition the teaching of science will promote and develop transferable skills such as questioning, observation, communication, teamwork and allow our ICT, Literacy, data handling and statistical mathematical skills to be applied in a purposeful and realistic way.

Real life experiences and the application of these skills and knowledge are a fundamental part of our approach. We encourage and invite real scientists from our local community to engage with our pupils throughout their time at Blake. In addition we also have a whole school week long STEM event every other year. These aim to enlighten the children to the opportunities and experiences that are open to them outside school utilizing their ICT, Science and Maths skills.

There is a whole school ethos of understanding and caring for the world around us and an understanding of our responsibility towards both the immediate and wider environment and community.

We recognise that the school grounds offer a rich resource which we can utilise to inspire and effectively meet the requirements of the EYFS Framework and National Curriculum Programme of Study.

Implementation

- A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where 
teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.
- Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills.
- Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and develop their understanding of working scientifically.
- Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning should plan for practical investigative opportunities within Science lessons.
- Children will reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible
- Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.
- Attainment will be assessed each half term through related topic assessment tasks
- Where applicable links to Science will be made to develop the children’s topical learning.
 
Impact
  • Most children will achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real life context.
  • Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
  • Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.
  • The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. We intend to build a Science curriculum that develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and build a Science curriculum which, enables children to become enquiry based learners.

 

  • Mrs Richeldis Castree

    Science Co-ordinator

SCIENCE COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
 
In January it was fantastic to celebrate Science across the school in a whole school science assembly. 4 children from each year group shared what they had been working on and the skills they had been utilising. 
 
Callum and Niahm from Early Years shared what they had discovered about space during their recent visit!
 
Year One have been carefully monitoring the weather and the seasons since the start of term and Elliot, Evelyn, Alex and Isla shared their findings, observations and some of the skills they had been using.
 
Sydney, Aimee, Toby and Maya had a wealth of information to share about penguins and their habitat as this is something they have been researching in their topic with covers science as well as many other subjects. They certainly proved that they can ask and answer a huge range of questions with their very indepth research!
 
Joshua, Isobelle, Naomi and Beatrice certainly kept us on our toes with a quiz about the human body and keeping healthy! Year 3 have been studying the human skeleton and food groups and had wise words about what we should and shouldn't be eating!
 
Year 4 talked us through their understanding of electricity both renewable and non renewable and the circuits they have been making and testing. 
 
Year 5 entertained us all with a forces experiment, dropping things from the same height, at the same time, by the same person to ensure its fair! 
 
Year 6 shared a little about the fantastic work they have been doing on evolution and Lottie was keen to share the work they had started on circulation and the heart. 
 
We learnt a lot and it was wonderful to see the progression and knowledge of all the children across the school !