At Stockbridge Primary School, we recognise the significance of Science as more than just a compulsory subject. We aim to encourage pupils to be inquisitive about the world around them, while continuing to develop their knowledge of the ‘big ideas’ and the skills needed to work like a scientist each term.
With our woodland, polytunnel and nature area right on our doorstep, Science is quickly brought to life for all children at Stockbridge Primary & Pre-school. In the Autumn term, we are found creating our own bug hotels, exploring the plants within our local area with classification keys. While in Spring and Summer terms, the pond and polytunnel come to life with excitement as we begin to grow our own plants, observing their each and every change.
Our passion for Science continues to grow through our very own Science club, where children from across Key Stage 2 come together to raise their own questions and plan their own enquiries.
Whether working collaboratively or independently, Children in Key Stage 1, experience and observe phenomena by looking more closely at the world around them. They are encouraged to reflect on what they notice using key scientific vocabulary and pose their own questions to find out more. Within their scientific enquiry, they begin to observe patterns, classify and carry out test to compare.
In lower Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to challenge their initial ideas and develop new thinking to answer questions and solve problems. Alongside this, they begin to plan and carry out more sophisticated experiments, including taking measurements and sharing their findings with others.
In Years 5 & 6, children are challenged to draw on different areas of the Science curriculum, which they have developed over their time with us, to create meaningful links. A great example is their recent topic – ‘Out of this world!’ where the children we able to practically question the properties of light and the key features of the Solar system. Moreover, at the end of the topic, the children were able to draw on their knowledge of electricity to design their own circuit, complete with a motor, pulley and switch, to power their moon buggies!
We believe that by the end of Key Stage 2 they should have a secure understanding of the methods, processes and uses of Science, allowing them to make informed decisions about their health, the world around them and new technologies, both now and in the future.