Our Learning – Science

Science POLICY

 

Miss Worrall – Science Lead

 

Curriculum

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

 

Primary Science Quality Mark

In September 2017 we achieved PSQM Silver award.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation, while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education

 

As our PSQM award is due to run out this year, we are going through the reaccreditation process to continue to have PSQM for the next 3 years.

http://www.psqm.org.uk/about-us

 

 

Space Week 2019

Space Week took place between 4th and 10th October and the theme this year was: ‘The Moon- Gateway to the Stars’. Classes throughout the school spent some time learning about the moon and taking part in activities linked to this theme. Have a look at what they got up to!

 

 

Class Trees

In 2014, each class planted their own tree in the School grounds. Since then the children regularly visit their class tree to observe seasonal changes, identify and compare the trees. Some classes make sketches of their trees, write poems about them and even measure the trees to create graphs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Pond

We are very lucky to have a pond in our environmental area. We work hard to make it welcoming for wildlife and an inspiring area for the children. It is a great space, allowing hands-on practical learning. Each class takes it in turns to clear out the pond, whilst being careful to maintain any wildlife that may have made it a home. The arrival of hundreds of tadpoles and the regular visits of a protected species of newt are always popular times with the children!

 

 

Caring for the Environment

At Ardley Hill we pride ourselves in developing responsible, well-rounded children who care for the environment. We have food waste bins in each classroom and on the playground which then get emptied into our compost bins by the children. Each class also take it in turns to be eco-warriors for a week. This involves clearing the school grounds of rubbish and putting it in the correct bins.

We recently had solar panels installed to generate enough electricity to power our building and we take recycling seriously.

 

 

Competitions

At Christmas, the whole school is set a challenge for the holiday.

Our most recent competition (Christmas 2018) was focused on renewable and green energy. The children embarked on some remarkable projects and they proudly presented the in the New Year. A huge well done to each class for taking ownership of this challenge. The future really does look bright!

Please watch this space to find out our challenge for Christmas 2019!

 

 

Science Week and Science Fair

At Ardley Hill, we take part in British Science week each year during March, which ends with our Science Fair. During the week the children are given numerous opportunities to develop their scientific knowledge and skills. The extremely successful Science Fair is held at the end of the week and is where parents and friends are invited into school to see what the children have been learning in science that week. The children thoroughly enjoy sharing their learning and work with parents and friends.

 

 

 

Polar Explorer Programme 2018-2019

During 2018-2019 we took part in the Polar Explorer Programme. Year 3 and 1 were involved with this, and the Year 3 children were trained to then pass their knowledge onto Year 1. We gained the support of a Polar Ambassador, a specially selected STEM professional, who helped to enrich the teaching of STEM subjects in our school.

 

https://www.stem.org.uk/welcome-polar-explorer-programme

 

In 2014, the Government announced a £200 million investment for a new polar research ship. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic for the next 25 years. Fully equipped with the latest instrumentation for carrying out research, this vessel will have improved ice-strengthened capability and greater endurance over existing polar research vessels. This will enable scientists and technicians to stay at sea for longer and study the polar environments during the Antarctic and Arctic summer months.

A state-of-the-art robotic subsea vehicle, Boaty McBoatface, will be on board RRS Sir David Attenborough and will allow scientists to gather data remotely from places where humans are unable to go. With funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) we are using the build, launch and operation of RRS Sir David Attenborough to bring an exciting new context to the teaching of STEM subjects.

 

 

Be An Ocean Hero Campaign 2017-2018

It all started with the Sky documentary – The Plastic Tide, which dramatically highlighted the devastating impact of our convientient society on our precious oceans. Teachers planned many engaging lessons to explain the issue of so much plastic being thrown again. The children responded immediately and overwhelmed us with their involvement, their passion and response to change our ways to save our Blue Planet. Early Years and Key Stage 1 focused on the impact of plastic pollution on different habitats. Lower Key Stage 2 stupid the consequences on marine food chains and Upper Key Stage 2 investigated the potential alternative solutions to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

During Science Week in March 2018, we combined Science and Art to create the most striking exhibition, bearing a poignant message to the community. The children pass on the message of change through sculptures they made, pictures they painted, letters they wrote and poems they created.

But we didn’t stop there! Children wrote to big companies and heard back from any of them (e.g. Dyson, Asda, Nintendo, McDonalds, Tesco…) The children in our school understand the power they hold in their hands and know that no matter their age, they can make a difference!

 

 

 

 

A Message for You…

Do you work in the world of Science? Do you work in the medical field, a laboratory of pharmacy? Do you volunteer at a local protected nature reserve? Are you a geologist, palaeontologist or engineer?

 

If you are, we would love to hear from you! Come and talk to the children about your rewarding career. How did you get there? What are the tricky bits? What do you love the most?

 

We are keen to inspire our pupils to pursue further science education. Come and help us plant that little seed!

 

Please contact the office, and we will be in touch!