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Science Curriculum

Robert Fulghum said that all he ever needed to know he learned at kindergarten. He wrote a poem about it. You may have read it. In it he says play fair, live a balanced life, eat well, look after your body, wash your hands before you eat, Flush, take good care of yourself and do not forget to LOOK! If you look carefully you will see the world in all its magnificence and glory. “Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup:
The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody
really knows how or why, but we are all like that.” (R Fulgham)

 

 

Your child will be encouraged to follow this advice. Science is about looking closely and https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/rimrose-hope-cofe-primary-school/UploadedImage/bff8a458d867425dacbccd7a78653d38_1x1.jpegcarefully at the world around us. We want your children to ask questions and find answers through trial and error testing through comparing and contrasting through the relationships they can see between different things. We want your children to explore the world around them and the mysteries within them. 

 

We want your children to ask why. We want your children to find solutions. We want your children to take responsibility and to become stewards of our world, global citizens who can take care of their future.

 

Our science curriculum is planned to take your child on a journey to becoming a Rimrose Hope Scientist. The steps of this journey are laid out on our ‘Becoming a Scientist’ page so please click on it to see the pathway from Year 1 to Year 6. Our pedagogical approach encourages children to master the knowledge and skills embedded within the science curriculum and to use this mastery to become deep thinkers. We use Lane Clarke’s Thinking Toolkit to encourage children to organise their thinking clearly and to identify the best strategies they can use to become scientific thinkers.

 

Our long term plan provides an outline of every topic the children will research over the next 6 years and our science policy explains the ethos and principles that underpin our approach to thehttps://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/rimrose-hope-cofe-primary-school/UploadedImage/f024a21b50e8461e948f9cc99a88cf14_1x1.jpeg teaching of science. 

 

 

 

 

Progression within Science 

 

EYFS:

 

Our young Scientists are encouraged to make observations and talk about them.  They are beginning to explain and talk about changes.  They are encouraged to wonder and ask questions about the world around them.  Our Scientists are beginning to label things and explore characteristics of everyday objects.  They are also beginning to talk about how things work and why things happen. 

 

Key Stage 1:

 

Our Key Stage One children build upon their knowledge and understanding from their time in Early Years.  They are taught to observe closely and use simple equipment and measurement.   They are guided to use their observations to answer their own wonderings.  They are beginning to use scientific vocabulary.  They are also working on identifying and classifying using their scientific knowledge.  They are also starting to notice patterns and relationships making links in their learning. 

 

Key Stage 2:

 

Our Key Stage Two children continue to build upon their prior learning.  Our Lower Juniors begin to carry out simple and fair tests.  They are making predictions, drawing conclusions and suggesting improvements.  They make accurate measurements using a range of equipment.  They are also beginning to record their work in a variety of ways and draw conclusions.  

Our Upper Juniors plan different types of enquiry and are able to recognise different variables. They are now able to be more precise and accurate with their measurements.  They can draw conclusions with greater detail and suggest further points of enquiry. They record their work in a variety of different ways.  They are able to share and discuss their own ideas and the ideas of other scientists.  They continue to learn and develop their scientific vocabulary. 

Progression of Skills

Our Work with Emmaus 

We are working with Emmaus to help to look after our local area.  We have completed lots of great activities supporting our Service and Creation Awards. We have: planted seeds, made wild flower bombs, grew sunflowers and designed post toppers. This work has helped us to understand: the importance of looking after the environment; how plants and seeds grow and how to care of our local area. We are looking forward to seeing Seaforth Green bloom with flowers and to continuing our work.  

Our Work with Crosby High and Mersey Forest 

We worked with Crosby High and Mersey Forest to plant some trees.  We learnt the importance of trees and how we look after them.  We visited Crosby High and helped them to plant trees on their site.  Crosby High then visited us to help us improve our school grounds. 

Our Marie Curie Day 

To celebrate Marie Curie’s Birthday, our School Council set the school a competition. The competition involved the children researching and learning all about Marie Curie and her work, they then had to present their research to share with their classmates.  It was a hard decision to pick our winners, with so many great entries.  The children’ s great work is displayed in our school hall, so that everyone can learn about Marie Curie.  On this day, we also raised money for the Marie Curie charity which is named after the scientist.

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Rocket Mice 

Each class was asked to complete a Rocket Mice activity.  This involved thinking and designing an investigation to answer the class’ question.  It was important to plan an investigation that would answer the question and ensure that the investigation was fair. In Year Five, many questions were investigated and the children planned their own investigation working in small groups.

Air Pollution Workshop with Sefton Council

Sefton Council’s Environmental Education officers came into school to teach UKS2 about air pollution. The children found out what causes air pollution, how air pollution is measured and how they can help prevent air pollution. The children made pollution collectors, played games and prepared an assembly to share their knowledge with parents and carers.  This workshop linked to our Hope Awards and how we are all responsible for looking after our world.  

Children's Mental Health Week

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, we’re taking steps to encourage our children to be Healthy: Inside and Out. The whole school participated in series of relaxation workshops led by Maria Hardman. The children were given lots of practical advice as to how they can look after their bodies and their minds. In Science, we encourage and support the children to stay healthy. 

Electricity 

The children in year 5 and 6 have been investigating electrical circuits. The children then used their findings to design their own circuits. 

Life Cycles and Evolution

The children in year 5 and 6 were visited by Allday's Farm. During the visit the children learnt about life cycles of the animals and how they have evolved to their environment. 

Animal Life Cycles. 

The children in year 5 and 6 enjoyed a visit from Kim the vet to learn about animal life cycles and the gestation period of various animals. During the workshop, the children were able to classify animals and ask questions. 

My Bones Rap!

3/4Su performing a rap that they learnt about the different bones in the body. Well done guys!

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