Subject leader: Miss Newton
Science is an essential part of the Curriculum. At St Mary’s
we believe it teaches children to explore and investigate the world around
them; while contextualising other key skills such as maths and literacy.
Throughout their primary education, children will be given the opportunity to
be fascinated by facts, experiments and nature. We hope to turn this
fascination into learning, by encouraging them to make predictions, ask
questions, record their observations and make conclusions on what they have
seen, using their existing knowledge and understanding. A key part of this is
also teaching children what makes experiments fair and safe.
Our theme this year was 'Science through Fairytales' and each class focused on one fairytale with science being at the heart of the learning. The classes took part in many exciting activities:
Year 2 looked at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and Jim and the Beanstalk! As well as writing to Jack to tell him how to grow his beanstalk, we carried out a range of experiments with plants and looked at the use of cows. We even got to make our own cheese!
Year 3 looked at the story of Hansel and Gretel and used sweets to make their own houses.
Year 4 looked at the story of Little Red Riding Hood and learnt all about the digestive system. They even made poo!
Year 5 looked at the story of Rapunzel and investigated forces in action.
Year 6 learnt more about evolution by pretending to be birds to find out how animals have adapted. They also read 'The Gingerbread Boy' and experimented with making their own gingerbread.
Please find below a list of useful websites for you to
explore with your child. In addition to these sites, you can help your child by
encouraging them to ask questions about what they see and what they wonder
about. Although these questions can some be tricky (Why is the sky blue?!), it
is always worth trying to research the answers with your child using
appropriate websites and books.
Across both key stages: