Science

Subject Leader: Mrs Fowler

At Christ Church our main aim is to foster a sense of excitement and curiosity about Science whilst increasing children's awareness and understanding of the world around them.

We believe that Science is central to many aspects of life and that children should be encouraged to look at the world as scientists.

The national curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific

- develop disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science

- use different types of Science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

At Christ Church we believe that children learn most effectively through ‘doing’ and we teach this core subject through topics or themes with a hands-on, creative approach. 

The progression of Science at Christ Church Primary:

 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
STEM Week 2019!

We dedicated a special week to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths across the whole school.

The week was full of fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the school as well as visits outside. We welcomed visitors from local organisations and dedicated a day to finding out more about our houses, which happen to all have local links to STEM!

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, Maths and Computing have a close working relationship at Christ Church, as reflected in our recent ‘STEM week’. Where possible, Science is taught in a cross curricular way, as highlighted at the top of the planning for each unit.

Year 4 at Underfall Yard
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!
Liquid Nitrogen Workshop:
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, blow '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:
Year 4 Biology:
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. We even spotted daffodils and snowdrops poking out of the ground.