“Children are naturally curious. Science at primary school should nurture this curiosity and allow them to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions.”
Science teaching at Glasshouses School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically; to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
At Glasshouses School, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Children are encouraged to identify which of the five types of enquiry skill they’re using in their work. Topics, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory. Enjoyment of Science is further promoted through our Outdoor Education and through weekly STEM activities.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
The Great Science Share 2020
With some children at school and some learning from home, Glasshouses CP School still managed to join in with the Great Science Share 2020 and have a fun day of exploration and discoveries! Take a look at some of our experiments.
Science Day 16 June 2020
Here are some photos of Class 3 making Bath Bombs for Science Day. We discussed different chemical and physical reactions and properties of materials.