Science

STEM for Year 6 June 18
What a Tuesday! Year 6 were plunged into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Maths & Engineering) careers and enjoyed a hands-on experience that thoroughly tired us all out. We began our day on the train to Temple Meads (we’re getting used to this now) and walked over to a rather mysterious operation called ‘Unit DX’. Inside the building was a real working lab and the children had the opportunity to try a number of scientific experiments that would otherwise be impossible in the classroom. After a rather hasty lunch, year 6 were invited to a short presentation by a local entrepreneur and tasked to create their own sporty invention. Just in case that wasn’t enough, we then visited a local tech company ‘Ultrahaptics’ who use ultrasound in a variety of interesting ways and got to have a play with some cutting edge technology. 
Year 4 at Underfall Yard Nov 17
On an icy cold but gloriously sunny Thursday, Year 4 donned their woolly scarves and hats and trooped down to Bristol Harbour to explore the Underfall Yard. 
We learned about the fascinating history of Bristol’s floating harbour, why it is called the Underfall Yard and how the Harbour Master and all the workers at the Yard keep Bristol from flooding through a brilliantly designed system of sluices, thanks to Bristol’s hero, Brunel. We were privileged to be able to see the room with the mechanisms that power the sluices and the entrances to the tunnels that run underneath Bristol so that the sluices can function properly. 
We were then introduced to the Visitors’ centre where we were able to see all of Bristol and its river system from above, and we had the chance to use interactive devices and games to understand it in more depth. 
The big hit of the day was the Human Accumulator where the weight of our bodies simulated the weight needed to create water pressure that pushes up the sluice gate, but for more details on this you’ll have to ask the children in year 4!
Selection of Science Events through the year:
Liquid Nitrogen Workshop Jan 18: 
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.
 
Year 4 Biology Mar 18
Year 4 took advantage of yesterday's sunny afternoon and went outside for our Science lesson. We were on the look out for living things within the school's local environment. We found woodlice and worms wiggling in the woodland area and spotted daffodils and snowdrops poking out of the ground. 

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.