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Science at Green End

and at our other Trust schools

Intent 

We harness children’s natural curiosity about the world around them by encouraging them to be inquisitive and excited for future possibilities in science. We aim to equip children with the scientific knowledge and practical skills in science to enable them to adapt and flourish in an increasingly scientific world both today and in the future.

“Science is a wonder. It's like poetry and music and yet people don't see it that way.” 

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, British space scientist

At Green End we harness children's natural curiosity around the world around them by encouraging them to be inquisitive and excited for future possibilities in science.

Our science curriculum is based around the National curriculum. We aim to equip children with the scientific knowledge and practical skills in the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics to enable them to adapt and flourish in an increasingly scientific world both today and in the future. In order to work as scientists in the classroom, children develop systematic scientific enquiry throughout their time at school, ensuring the skills are built-on and developed at an age-appropriate level.

Our Pupils Say...

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Nursery were studying the icy conditions at our school

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What’s that? What’s this? How? Why? Investigate. Explore.

That is how our curriculum works! Each unit has a key question threading throughout and a key investigation for children must complete. Our children are positively encouraged to ask questions as they explore, investigate and experiment.  Why? To think like scientists. Why? Because they are scientists. In lessons we might ask questions, predict, observe, identify, research, test, evaluate and make conclusions. 

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We do all this to develop our scientific knowledge and skills. 

Our curriculum is progressive - it builds upon existing knowledge and moves through the three scientific strands of biology, chemistry and physics, with the concept of scientific enquiry threading through all units. We want our children to ask questions about the world around them, the one they live in.  Science is taught every week and each lesson is between one and two hours.

Reception on a sensory walk, looking at the different environments at our school.

In Chemistry in Key Stage 1 children sorted and classified different materials and tested materials to see which were waterproof. I wonder what material they chose to use for their dog basket?

Chemistry

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Biology

In Biology in Key Stage 1, children  investigated the life cycles of different animals

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In Key Stage 2 in their unit on 'Teeth' children investigated what effect different liquids have on eggs.

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Physics

In Physics on Key Stage 2 children  investigated the correlation between the brightness of a bulb and the amount of batteries in a circuit.   

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Children also studied how refraction can affect the way an object is perceived through a glass of water.

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So, what's next?

Scientists of the Future. Scientists NOW!

Our children will be the ones who help to solve climate change, create sustainable solutions to our current plastic problem, new ways to recycle more, save the animal habitats, discover a solution to pollution and invent a cure for a debilitating disease.

 

And where does it start?  In our Nursery. 

 

Look out for further information about our STEM Super Learning Day on March 28th 2023.

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