Science

At Park View Primary Academy, we teach pupils to be scientists. For this to happen, our science curriculum is underpinned by three core principles;

  1. Where-ever possible, pupils learn through practical, hands on experiences
  2. Pupils learn facts and build knowledge over time, using precise scientific vocabulary
  3. Pupils learn and improve the skills of a scientist

As pupils enter our Foundation Stage, opportunities for investigation, exploration and critical thinking are all around.  Provision is carefully planned through key themes such as seasons, physical changes, and growing and planting. These support pupils develop a range of scientific enquiry skills and in becoming scientific explorers.  They are guided to ask questions, test their ideas and seek answers. These are the fundamental skills of a scientist.

As pupils move through the academy, the National Curriculum is sequenced in a way which builds knowledge and skills over time. They are given opportunities to ask questions and test their own ideas. For example, ‘How can I prove that water is transported from the roots into the leaves of a plant?’

Practical resources and activities help bring science alive in the classroom. For example, pupils in Y4 learn about digestion by making and simulating the actions of an intestine. Y6 pupils learn about electrical components by making a burglar alarm.

Science is further enhanced because it is carefully threaded into the Reading Enhanced Curriculum (REC). Additional enhancements to the National Curriculum include, for example, learning about Charles Darwin in Y6 through the text On the Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva, or learning more about dinosaurs in Y1 with Gigantosaurus, written by Jonny Duddle.

Science Days

Children get the chance to immerse themselves in science and experimentation on these days thanks to visitors like Professor Brainstorm.

On science day, Year 6 had the opportunity to video conference with science authors who discussed how science had inspired them to write.

Meanwhile in Nursery pupils carried out experiments with food colouring and washing up liquid.

Nursery

In Nursery, we encourage pupils to notice and explore the world around them including changes in the natural world. This happens everyday in our outdoor area. We teach the pupils the names of facial features and body parts. Pupils explore similarities and differences between the physical features of the pupils. They explore similarities and differences in other things and sort and group them. The pupils explore simple ideas then make predictions and test them out. E.g. Can we keep a snowman forever?

Reception

In Reception, pupils explore the world around them. They identify, discuss and recognise changes and patterns amongst living things and their environment. Pupils have access to scientific equipment such as magnets and magnifying glasses and are encouraged to dicuss what they see. They take part in simple investigations. This equips them with the skills and knowledge for their science journey ahead.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1, pupils build on prior learning by investigating a range of topics. They work in a range of ways to think of and ask simple questions. They make simple observations and learn to use scientific equipment safely. Pupils in Key Stage 1 learn how to gather and record their scientific data and start to understand it.

Year 1 – Pupils observing the changes over the seasons and planting seeds to observe their growth
Year 2 Science
Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, pupils lead their own investigations by using a range of scientific approaches. They interpret, record and share their data in a variety of ways and use this to draw conclusions. Pupils are challenged to prove their scientific knowledge to others through talk and then make further predictions in later investigations.

Pupils have the chance to explore other additional scientific experiences through STEM clubs and eco-schools.

Year 3 Science
Light

Year 3 experiment to find which material is the most reflective

In their next investigation, Year 3 created a fair test where the distance of the shadow puppet from the screen decreased by 5cm each time.

Year 4 Science
Electricity

Year 4 investigating which material makes a better conductor and which makes a better insulator.

Circuits

In Science Year 4 have been learning about working and non working circuits and how to make our own switches.

Year 5 Science
Plants and Animals

Year 5 learnt about the plant life cycle in the first term of Autumn.

Plants and Animals

Year 5 observing and identifying insects by building habitats for them to live in.

Year 6 Science
Electricity
Living Things and their Habitat
The Human body – The Heart

Children in Year 6 combine Design Technology and Science to construct a three dimensional model of the heart.

Light – Vocabulary

Year 6 have been learning new vocabulary for their light topic in science today. They have been building their own glossaries and using the new vocabulary in group discussions. 

Sequences of Learning