What we say about Science at Dean Bank Primary School
Juliette – I love carrying out investigations and getting to be hands on.
Jayden – During Science week we got to do a tongue taste experiment and it was really fun!
Kieran – In science we do fun things using our senses.
In order to develop children’s ability to work accurately and thoughtfully it is important that children are working scientifically, at the appropriate standard, across the school to allow them to develop skills that can be applied in science and across the curriculum. We seek to ensure that children are able to continue to develop and progress their skills and learning as they move through the school, building on what they have done before.
To help develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts it is important that children continue to study concepts in a way that builds on existing knowledge learned as they move through the school.
To ensure that children develop an interest in science that will allow them to improve their scientific knowledge and ability to work scientifically it is important that they are able to participate in engaging and quality investigations. We seek to provide a range of quality investigations that will engage children and allow them to apply and develop their knowledge and understanding within the subject. Furthermore, to improve their scientific knowledge we believe it is important to try and present new information in interesting and contextually relevant ways in order to help them develop a deeper and more meaningful understanding.
Due to children entering the school with less developed language skills and vocabulary we think it is important that children can develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific vocabulary in order to explain the subject and the world around them clearly.
The following areas are covered during children’s time at our school:
To Work Scientifically by:
- Asking questions
- Measuring and recording
To learn about life processes and living things (Biology)
To learn about materials and their properties (Chemistry)
To learn about physical processes (Physics)
Highlights from 2019-20
- Science Week – Year 1
- Science Week – Year 2
- Science Week – Year 3
- Science Week – Year 4
- Science Week – Year 5
- Science Week – Year 6
The Science Ambassadors are part of a programme provided by the Ogden Trust as a way of getting girls excited about science and offers them an opportunity to take ownership of the subject.
This year the ambassadors have played a key role in the final developments of the Phizlab at Chilton Academy, where they have been to work with real scientists. Our ambassadors have also took the lead in an after school science club for year 2 children where they have been aiming to get other young children excited about science. They have also led whole school assemblies to talk about the work they have done.
Science in Action at Dean Bank
The children in Year 3 became witches and wizards and took part in a potions class at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They observed experiments such as an erupting volcano and a witches cauldron. As well as creating their own lava lamps and colour changing cabbage cordial. They had lots of fun!
Our 2s have been doing some digging and planting of sunflower seeds with Mrs James. They have also explored the soil within the class and moved the cars in various ways through the mud.
Nursery and Reception have also done some re-planting of the sunflower that we had in our classroom. We talked about why the sunflower had to be moved and what it will need to grow. Nursery children particularly took an interest in this.
Reception and 30 hour nursery children also made ice lollies as part of our maths when we talked about empty, half and full. We ate them outside on a sunny day, and the children noticed changes in their ice lolly. They asked lots of questions about why it was melting and how we could make it ice and freeze again. Children talked about seasonal changes and that if we put the ice lolly in the snow, it would become ice again but that a hot, sunny day makes it melt.
Pete Edwards talk – 09/03/2020
Today we went to Chilton Academy Phiz Lab to learn about space with Pete Edwards from Durham University. We looked at pictures of the Galaxy and a lot of different planets.
We asked questions to Pete, learning about how hot the Sun is, how the Moon rock is the same as the rocks on earth as well as how gravity on the moon is 8 times weaker than the gravity on Earth. Pete showed us photos of how big the Sun is compared to other planets. He said you could fit 110 Earths along the diameter of the Sun and millions inside.
We also learned that in a lot of years, the sun will eventually burn out, eating the Earth and dissolving.
By the Science Ambassadors
National women and girls in science day
To celebrate this event, we learned about women who had a big impact on world and science. Many classes learned about Marie Curie and her work and how it has helped people over the years! As well as this, we had a competition to design and build space capsules to land an astronaut (egg) safely to celebrate the achievements of Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman in space.
Year 1 Plants
In the past few weeks, we have been exploring plants! This has included looking at how they grow and identifying deciduous and evergreen trees. It was easy to spot them outside in winter!
Year 2 Habitats
In year 2, we have been looking at living things and their habitats! We have learned about micro-habitats and the animals we might find living there. Also, we have looked in our gardens and the local environment for different habitats too.
Year 3 Remote Learning
Year 5 Space
In year 5, we have been learning all about space! We looked in more detail at our solar system and the way different bodies move including the Earth and moon. We have also explored the reason for day and night and how the Earth’s rotation causes this.
Year 6 Remote Learning
We have continued to learn about living things and their habitats. We have learned about using classification keys and classified a range of plants and animals based on specific characteristics. Also, we have looked in more detail at micro-organisms and found out more about the man behind the classification system – Carl Linnaeus!
In year 1 we have explored the different senses the best way we can… by using them! We used sight, sound, taste, touch and smell to investigate different objects.
Y3 rocks and soils – Oct 2020
Y3 got their hands very dirty when comparing different soils.
By the end of the lesson, the children were able to comment on the colour and texture of different soil samples.