At Longmoor, the children are taught Science as part of our challenge curriculum, through a range of topics which are designed to stimulate a love of learning and develop independent learning skills through book-based units of work. This ensures that standards in writing are being improved by using exciting literature through science. The units ensure that there is a huge focus on working scientifically as well as dealing with the specific science knowledge for a particular year group.
For example, in Year 4 the use of excellent quality text like 'The incredible book-eating boy' is central to the science unit dealing with the digestive system. In Year 3, the excellent book 'The street beneath my feet' is central to the science unit on 'rocks'.
The units help teachers to improve pupils' writing through science but still hold on to the statutory requirement for science and ensures that pupils' grammar, punctuation and vocabulary is being challenged.
Through this curriculum, children are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and we encourage our children to apply knowledge and develop their thinking skills which are essential to becoming a successful independent learner. Children engage in practical skills such as handling equipment, measuring and testing as well as social skills of presenting and co-operation.
Children are encouraged to look for patterns in data, solve problems and analyse through hands on investigations. Ultimately, our children are encouraged to make links and connections in the four key areas of scientific study; enquiry, physical processes, life processes and materials and their properties whilst developing curiosity, concern and objectivity.
Each year we have a Science Focus Week. This year, in June, the Hands On Science team will be joining us to lead investigations and practical demonstrations.
We use our sensory garden in lots of different subjects and have a gardening club on a regular basis.
Science is all around us and visits out to the park, to fly a kite, play on the apparatus or look at the wildlife can encourage children to ask questions and investigate the world around them.
Hands On Science
On 24th and 25th June 2015, Laurel from Hands On Science visited the school. She opened the two days of science with an assembly, where she did a practical science demonstration, using forces and friction to do some astonishing party tricks.
She followed this up with workshops with each class. Our KS1 children learned how forces can make things move. They made their own rocket with Laurel, and a kite with their class teachers to demonstrate this. Our KS2 children learned how our hearts pump blood around our bodies. They investigated with their teachers how exercise makes our heart rates change, and looked at an animal heart with Laurel.
The children were very enthusiastic about science with Laurel. Hopefully we have inspired some of them to become the next generation of scientists, researchers and doctors!