- Trip to Horniman Museum
- Atomic Anthony paid Years 1, 2 & 3 a visit this morning!
- Year 2 investigate why polar bears don't live in Hackney!
Science at London Fields Primary School
Science is a vibrant subject at London Fields about which we are incredibly passionate, and have been awarded the Primary Science Gold Quality Mark. Children have lots of questions about the world around us and we aim to provide them with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer their questions about those processes. At present, our curriculum provides a rich variety of topics that cover all the core scientific disciplines and contexts that the children can relate to their everyday lives. Each week the children are posed a key question or context from which they generate their own scientific lines of enquiry. They will then explore this question using a variety of investigative skills, engaging and becoming more familiar with each of the elements of the scientific method as they progress through the school. These include skills such as generating their own lines of enquiry, making predictions, analysing results, observing changes over time, collecting results in a variety of ways, drawing conclusions from their observations and evaluating their own method and the reliability of their results. Underpinning this is an emphasis on children actively participating in their own practical investigations and experiments, utilizing the classroom, wider school environment and the local environment and community.
How is Science taught across Key Stages?
Within each academic year, children will study a range of scientific topics. In both Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2), children are taught Science as a freestanding subject, covering a specific topic each term. Each Science topic is primarily based around one of the three core disciplines (Biology, Physics and Chemistry), with children touching on all three every year. Science topics are phrased as ‘big questions’ that the children work towards answering over the course of a term.
Cross-Curricular links within Science
Each key question that the children investigate is carefully planned to include a range of cross curricular links with core subjects. Children are taught how their mathematical calculation and statistical skills can be used to read, analyse and draw conclusions from their results. There are also regular opportunities for children to improve their literacy skills through reading, writing and spelling key vocabulary.
There are also numerous links made with other foundation subjects that are embedded across each Science topic. One example of this is year 3 investigating which rock would be most suitable for an Ancient Egyptian pyramid during their Rocks and Soils unit. In addition to this, each year a joint Science-PE Healthy Living Week is organised, which includes opportunities for children to both learn about the importance of and emulate a healthy lifestyle.
Our Science Vocabulary
At London Fields, we know that a good understanding of a wide range of vocabulary supports success across the whole national curriculum. We have identified ‘core’ words that the children will meet in different subjects and in different topics. These words will be revisited and taught in different contexts so that the children develop a deep understanding of their meaning and they become tools with which children can access the knowledge, skills and understanding the curriculum demands. Obviously, these are not the only words we will teach. But they will form a backbone through our curriculum to help to scaffold and develop the children’s learning.
As an inner London school we are lucky to have a range of science-focused venues and opportunities for practical field work on our doorstep. We’re constantly looking for new and meaningful experiences that will enrich the scientific understanding and investigative skills of the children we teach. Previous trips have included the Royal Institution, London Zoo, Waterworks Nature Reserve, the National Grid, the Alexander Fleming Museum, Kew Gardens, Science Museum, Hackney City Farm and many more. These are regularly reported on the school website and in our weekly newsletter, so do have a look and see what we’ve been getting up to.
Science at Home
Science is a subject that relates to our understanding of the processes of the world around us. As such, it is one of the most relevant subjects that children can engage with at home. At London Fields we actively encourage children to continue their investigations at home, and even try some new ones. Recently we were visited by the Sublime Science Show, who demonstrated a number of experiments to the children, all involving equipment that they could find at home.