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Science at Red Hill

Purpose of study:

The subject leader for Science is:  Mrs Balaj.

At Red Hill we believe that primary science should be mainly based upon practical activities in which pupils are actively investigating a problem or question relevant to their own experience.  Science should stimulate and develop an attitude of curiosity, creativity and questioning and as well as developing substantial scientific knowledge.

We want children to have a greater understanding of the world in which they live; to recognise problems, and to work towards their solution.  We feel that science, amongst other things, should encourage sensitivity towards living things and the environment.

We feel that it is important to value the child’s initial ideas and to work with them in developing the child’s perception.  We believe that young children find it difficult to understand abstract scientific concepts and therefore work should be based around ideas which are accessible to and testable by the child.

Children’s attitudes are important in science; we feel that a child’s attitude can facilitate, or limit, the application of skills and ideas. Therefore through the application of the ‘WOW’ lesson, science is promoted and relatable to everyday life. Science is a useful vehicle for engendering attitudes of curiosity, perseverance, open-mindedness, co-operation, originality and independence in children.  In addition we hope that pupils will develop a respect for evidence.  Science activities should also help to develop a child’s self-discipline and responsibility.  We are conscious of the importance and value of questioning in primary science: questioning should be an essential element of all science activities.

Discussion is an important aspect of primary science.  Teacher/child interaction, small group and class discussion will help the children to evaluate their work and improve understanding of scientific concepts.

Planning, recording, predicting, testing, interpreting results and proposing further investigations are the essence of science and together with suitable practical “hands on” experience, will be meaningful and enjoyable to the pupils. We currently focus our teaching of Science through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) as well as the Kent Primary Science Scheme.  Children are fully immersed into their Science topics creating knowledge harvests, taking part in innovative, exciting experiments; developing their enquiry and observation skills.

Our Science Principles:

Children at Red Hill Primary School will work scientifically:

Biology

  • To understand plants, animals and humans.
  • To investigate living things.
  • To understand evolution and inheritance.

Chemistry

  • To investigate materials.

Physics

  • To understand movement, forces and magnets.
  • To understand the Earth’s movement in space.
  • To investigate light and seeing, sound and hearing.
  • To understand electrical circuits.

Working Scientifically:

  • Asking questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways
  • Observing closely, using a variety of equipment
  • Performing tests and investigations
  • Grouping, identifying and classifying
  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions
  • Write conclusions to investigations and suggest further tests.

Science Club - Yr1 and 2

Year one and two have been learning about sinking and floating. They had to decide whether the fruit would sink or float. Year one and two have also been learning about absorbency. They had to watch what happened when a folded piece of paper was placed into the water. As the water was absorbed by the paper they unfolded to show a lovely flower. They have also been learning about dissolving. The children placed a skittle into a dish of water and observed carefully. They found that the colour dissolved from the sweets into the water. Have a look at the phots.

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