Science

Year 6 Heart Workshop Jan 16: 

As part of our project about how to maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind, Year 6 had a visit from Loreta's dad who is a consultant heart surgeon at the BRI. Who better to learn from about the workings of our body's 'engine': the heart? He talked the children through the basic functions of the heart, what happens when our heart isn't working properly and what we can do to keep our hearts healthy. Most fascinating was seeing how the amazing heart-lung machine - the machine invented to enable surgeons to operate on the human heart - works. The children had heaps of questions to ask and it was great to have them answered by someone who knows his stuff!

 

KS1 trip to @Bristol June 16: 
All the KS1 children walked to @Bristol and spent the day exploring the exhibits. The hands-on approach allowed the children to further their learning in a very exciting way. 
All the children then joined in with a 'Build It' workshop which allowed our budding young engineers and construction crews to use purpose-made, table-top houses to explore the properties of everyday building materials.  They were then able to apply their new skills to work as a team to build a much larger house. 
The trip has supported the learning we are doing in school this term as we are investigating materials in order to build a boat for Max from 'Where the Wild Things Are'.
 
 
Liquid Nitrogen Workshop Mar 16: 
Children from Years 5 and 6 were treated to an explosive science show presented by a group of sixth form students and teachers from Badminton School. Sat there in their protective goggles, the children got the chance to pop smoke-filled bubbles, smash 'frozen' bananas to smithereens with a mallet and even shred brittle carnations with their fingers. The children also got the chance to show off their considerable scientific knowledge as they answered a constant barrage of questions from the young demonstrators.
 
Selection of Science Events through the year:
STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) fortnight May 2016 

Our STEM fortnight has been filled with exciting projects and activities. The fortnight got off to a bang with an explosive 'gases around us' assembly from Bristol Uni Chemistry Dept. This was followed by other exciting assemblies including visits from Bristol Zoo and the Lord Mayor.  

Each year group had a different STEM project linked to areas including crime, paleontology, construction and transport. These projects were further complimented by a range of workshops such as the Bristol Dinosaur Project, FAB kids workshops and even saw a boat being set up in our school groups. We have also been visited by parents in a range of STEM careers from pilots and engineers to doctors and dentists!

The Lord Mayor presented the children with a 'Green for Good' award for participating in a range of sustainable challenges during Bristol’s Year as European Green Capital City, and also joined the children to plant a White Beam tree in the schools grounds that they had been given following their support in planting new trees on The Downs

Many thanks to all those involved

 

As the culmination of the 'One Tree Per Child' initiative that Bristol City Council have been running for the last year, Christ Church School was selected to have one of the 70 'Bristol Whitebeam' trees that the Botanical Gardens have been cultivating.  This strain of the Whitebeam tree is indigenous to Bristol and grows in the Avon Gorge.  Under the initiative, the children were all earlier in the year offered an apple or pear tree to take home and plant. 

It was lovely for them to be part of the end of this initiative with a Bristol Whitebeam being planted within our playground.

The Bristol Whitebeam, named by the children 'Sir Tree-alot', has been welcomed into his new home at the top of the playground near the pirate ship - a prime spot from whence to watch the fun and games and jousting on the school playground!  Sir Tree-alot is currently very much a baby, but just like our reception children, will grow and flourish into a mature and lovely member of our school community! 

Subject Leader: Miss Fowler

Aims

At Christ Church we aim to stimulate our children’s natural curiosity by allowing them to explore scientific concepts about the world around them. Children are taught the skills of prediction, questioning, observation, measuring, recording results and drawing conclusions. We encourage the children to use scientific vocabulary in their investigations and to explain their thinking. The school is well resourced for science work and we use our school grounds where appropriate. Science is taught both discretely and through cross curricular learning. We aim to present scientific ideas to the children through practical, real-life contexts and like to celebrate the teaching of science within our school through whole school events such as a Science Week

 

 Year Group  Terms 1 & 2 Terms 3 & 4   Terms 5 & 6
 1  Everyday materials / Seasonal Changes  Animals including Humans  Plants
 2  Everyday Materials / Animals including Humans Living Things and their Habitats  Plants
 3  Rocks / Forces & Magnets  Plants  Animals including Humans / Light
 4  Sound / Animals including Humans  Electricity  Living Things and their Habitats / States of Matter
 5  Properties & Changes of Materials / Earth & Space  Forces & Magnets  Living Things and their Habitats / Animals including Humans
 6  Light / Electricity  Animals including Humans / Living Things and their Habitats  Evolution & Inheritance

How the subject is taught at Christ Church

Science is taught both discretely and through cross curricular learning (where appropriate). It is taught for approximately 1 ½ hours in KS1 and 2 hours in KS2. Science is generally taught on a weekly basis so that children can build up their skills over time.

We make good use of our school building and grounds when teaching science. Teachers use both their classrooms and the practical room to teach lessons, along with the school grounds for outdoor learning and investigative work.

 

Assessment

Children’s outcomes in lessons are used to inform planning. At the end of a unit of work each child is assessed against the subjects National Curriculum objectives using must, should and could criteria. By the end of the school year the class teacher will have built a record of all children’s progress in their cohort for subject leaders to analyse and new class teachers can use them to gain a picture of new classes progress and attainment in order to inform planning and teaching.

 

Opportunities for the application of maths, literacy and computing skills

Science and Maths have a close working relationship at Christ Church, as reflected in the ‘STEM fortnight’ planned for May 2016. This fortnight will celebrate the teaching of science and maths through real-life contexts and situations. Where possible, science is taught in a cross curricular way, as highlighted at the top of the planning for each unit.