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Science Curriculum

The world in which we live is full of wonder and amazement. Through the Science curriculum we encourage and develop children’s natural curiosity. We give them opportunities to ask questions, investigate, form hypotheses, design and carry out experiments, use scientific equipment, make observations and record results.

In the Early Years, Science is taught within a variety of topics such as All About Me, looking at similarities, differences and the senses. The children make observations of seasonal changes and their environment. They talk about what they have seen and give reasons why things happen, recording in simple forms.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, Science is taught each half term according to a programme of study covering a variety of topics, such as plants, animals including humans, everyday materials, seasonal changes, forces and electricity. The children develop skills of enquiry and scientific vocabulary as they progress through the school.

The topics are linked to other areas of the curriculum, which develops the children’s knowledge, understanding and awareness of the importance of Science in our everyday lives.

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Year 4 trip to UCLAN: CSI (Christmas Science Investigators)

Year 4 had a wonderful time at UCLAN on Monday as they became part of the Christmas Science Investigations unit. They witnessed some exciting and exhilirating experiments and were involved in cracking the case of the Christmas crime scenes.

"It was so cool how the fire changed colours!" Kiitan, 4N

"There were lots of experiments and explosions which made it really fun!" Isabelle, 4N

"I rate this trip 10 out of 10!" George, 4N

Autumn Science

So far, Autumn term has been full of wonderful Science opportunities and investigations. Take a look at some of our photos to find out what we have been doing across the school.

Ecobrick extravaganza!

Thank you to all of the pupils and their families who helped us reduce our plastic footprint by creating ecobricks. We were able to send a huge amount to the church to be put to use by the Salford Diocese. Please keep on eye on the website and in the newsletter for further Science initiatives this year.

 

Congratulations to our Science Competition Winners!

Key Stage 1

Winner: Eliza

Runner Up: Noah Kenny and Spencer Trotter

Key Stage 2

Winner: Ava Trotter

Runner Up: Amy Halsall and Isobel Dickson

 

Wow- how incredibly lucky we are to have such amazing future scientists in our school! On Friday 10th May, we hosted our first Our Lady and St Gerard’s Science competition. We were fortunate enough to be joined my Mr Clitheroe, the Head of Science at All Hallows High School. He astounded us with his fantastic experiments, creating loud, fiery and foamy chemical reactions.

The effort the children went to was phenomenal, with working models of lots of different parts of the human body, including mesmerising mouths and fantastic femurs. All those that entered should be extremely proud of themselves; it was hard to pick a winner with so many fantastic creations! The winners received a Slime Lab making kit to allow them to further investigate their scientific skills. Well done to all involved!

 

Parent Views

“Fabulously entertaining and educational. Wow- just wow! Thank you.”

“This was a really great morning. So lovely to see experiments and link to future high schools. I was delighted to see the children’s enthusiasm for science, their joy at experiencing the experiments and the wonderful work they produced- very impressed!”

“Really enjoyed coming into school and seeing the fabulous work the children are doing.”

“How fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyed the assembly this morning.”

“I thought the presentation by Mr Clitheroe was really really good. It was informative and he engaged really well with the pupils who all seemed to enjoy the scientific experiments.”

“Thank you for inviting us to the KS1 Science assembly. The demonstrations by Mr Clitheroe were fabulous. The children’s models all very good, well done everyone!

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