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Science

Gipsy Hill

“Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.” Science National Curriculum, May 2015

Our vision is that, through the teaching of science, children will foster and develop their natural curiosity about the world around them. By nurturing their scientific knowledge, we encourage them to become responsible citizens, who can make informed choices, with the option to pursue scientific careers.


Aims:

  • For all pupils to take the time to observe the world around them.
  • For all pupils to be able to reflect on these observations, to ask analytical questions and use reasoning skills to make links across their learning, enhancing their existing knowledge and understanding.
  • For all pupils to develop their skills from making simple predictions to hypotheses based on their developing understanding of scientific models and theories.
  • For all pupils to independently investigate their ideas practically, methodically and systematically.
  • For all pupils to reflect on and evaluate their own scientific enquiry and that of others
  • For all pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences
  • To provide all pupils with opportunities to analyse, reason and reflect through the process of scientific debate.
  • To give the pupils the knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm to develop an awareness of the role and the importance of science in everyday life.

Pedagogy

Pupils are taught science twice a week by their class teacher who carefully plans engaging and challenging sessions in collaboration with their colleagues across the Federation. We use the “Rising Stars” scheme of work as a guide to support our planning.

We actively encourage children to carry out their own investigations, experiments and take part in scientific discovery. While it is important that the children accumulate a body of scientific knowledge and understanding, we believe that children develop best as young scientists through practical exploration. We take the time to explore the children’s existing understanding of the world with them and use this as a basis to build on.

To maximise learning, Science is taught separately and also through cross curricular links. The children are taken on school trips to supplement their science learning in class. In addition we have a dedicated Science Fun Day each year where the children have the opportunity to spend the whole day exploring one aspect of science through a variety of engaging activities.


Topics

Each year the children study five discreet science topics that cover all areas of the National Curriculum. The final topic is an opportunity for the children to consolidate the scientific skills they have used over the course of the year. All the topics allow the children to develop their “working scientifically” skills.


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    Day 1 Four seasons in one day We started bright and early ready for our adventure to PGL. Parents waved us off gleefully as we bordered the coach (possible looking forward to some child-free time). The coach journey was pleasant and the children enjoyed moving through the familiar landmarks of London and out beyond to the less familiar countryside. Once we arrive we quickly saw our family of federation schools waiting for us. We soon realised that we were in for a wonderful time with our friends. After a hearty lunch, we split into our mixed federation groups. Children and adults dispersed across the site to begin the many exciting activities. We climbed, jumped, swung and abseiled like we were fearless. We cheerer on our friends and supported those who needed our support. Unfortunately the weather did not match our enthusiasm and spirit as we experienced sun, rain, hail and then back to sun again..truly four season in one day! Nevertheless and not to be defeated we continued on and showed our true determination to do what we had set out to do.... learn, have fun and make new friends. Day 2 Facing our fears! After a full breakfast we were ready to face our fears and challenge ourselves to achieve all that we can. We had a range of exciting outdoor activities to try and we were keen to get started. At the crate challenge we learned how to belay correctly. Our instructor Katie taught us a rhyme to help as remember to belay correctly. We learned that it is very important to 'lock off' so that we can help our friends to climb safely. Stacking and climbing the crates was quite tricky and we had to balance carefully. When we could climb no more, we got to swing off and kick the mountain of crates over. We thought this would be scary but as soon as we jumped it was exhilarating and felt like we were flying. Another activity we really enjoyed was 'The Giant Swing'. This is a highlight for many children and we had been told all about it from the children who went to PGL last year. The swing is quite daunting to look at. It is like a giant trapeze suspended high in the sky. You have to have a harness and be safely strapped into it before you can have a turn. Your friends have to use their muscles to pull the rope which winches you as high into the sky as you dear to go. Then you count down 3-2-1....ahhhhh! It's definitely an experience we will cherish from our primary school days.

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