Science at Pucklechurch

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Intent

At Pucklechurch Primary School our vision is to provide children with a Science curriculum that broadens their minds and makes abstract concepts come to life through investigations and outdoor learning opportunities. Our aim is that these experiences will develop the children’s interest in Science and encourage them to become lifelong learners who pose interesting questions and are able to think critically.

Implementation

‘Working scientifically’ sits at the heart of our Science teaching and learning ethos. This means that children are given the opportunity and freedom to explore the world around them and raise their own questions and ideas. Children experience different types of scientific enquiries, including practical activities, and recognise ways in which they might answer scientific questions. Furthermore children learn to identify, classify and describe living things and materials, and identify patterns that might be found in the natural environment. Children work in their hub groups and, over a 2 year rolling program, cover all units in the National Curriculum for their age group.

Skills progression

Across each group we track the children's scientific skills and demonstrate these in various activities.

Science Investigation Days

Each term the whole school takes part in a Science investigation day. The investigations always have a different 'working scientifically' focus, whether it's predicting, planning, recording results or evaluating. During term 3 the school completed the 'balloon rockets' experiment. The aim of this experiment was to test which material would have the most friction between it and the balloon. To do this, balloons were attached to string, wool, and garden wire. The children were able to demonstrate their understanding of friction by predicting which material they thought the balloon would travel the furthest across and explaining why.

​​https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study