From Foundation onwards, our children are given opportunities to explore and investigate, through first hand exploration. We aim to develop lively, enquiring minds. Science is taught through the areas of learning in accordance with the EYFS document and the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2.
Science teaches an understanding of the world that we live in and aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity to find out how and why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to encourage creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and are encouraged to engage in questioning and discussion about science-based issues which affect their lives, the society in which they live and the world as a whole.
The objectives of teaching science are to enable children to:
- ask and answer scientific questions;
- actively explore the environment;
- plan and carry out scientific investigations;
- know and understand the life processes of living things;
- know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound, and natural forces;
- know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth;
- evaluate evidence, and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.
Teaching and learning
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding.
We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions in order to make sense of the world and develop their understanding of the scientific processes that are vital to all of our lives and to the future well-being and prosperity of the world we live in.
Children use ICT in science lessons to enhance their learning. They take part in role-play and discussions, and present information to the rest of the class. We encourage co-operation, sensitivity and tolerance of each other in a wide variety of problem-solving activities within the classroom. We encourage children to express their views and evaluate decisions about science related matters.
The programmes of study for science are set out year-by-year for Key Stages 1 and 2. We are however, only required to teach the relevant programme of study by the end of the key stage. Within each key stage, school has the flexibility to introduce content earlier or later than set out in the programme of study and may introduce key stage content during an earlier key stage if appropriate. At Bedford, Teachers will base their planning on the programmes of study for their relevant year groups, as set out in our Science Curriculum Overview.
British Science Week 2016
In reception the children became botanists. They have been investigating growth and have managed to grow some really impressive cress heads. The children were so keen to share their work during our special science week assembly. Mrs Flanagan was very impressed.
Year one have been investigating growth. The children planted their very own bean plants and wrote some great instructions to help others do the same. The children really developed their scientific thinking by asking questions about the best conditions for growth “What will happen if we don’t give the bean any water?” “Does the bean really need sunshine to grow?” “What will happen if we don’t put the bean in a pot?” Watch this space as we carry out our investigations in order to answer these questions and more!
In year 2 this week it was all about bugs. The children left the classroom to explore our school grounds and hunt for bugs. Children used some super science bug catchers which allowed them to closely observe the features of each creature safely and humanely. Children were also able to observe closely the habitats in which each creature lived and then, using this knowledge, designed some very desirable bug habitats of their own.
It was ‘to infinity and beyond’ for the children in year 3 this week. They have been lucky enough to take part in an experiment involving none other than British astronaut Tim Peake. Mr Peake has asked schoolchildren to help him with one of his scientific experiments. He wants pupils to plant rocket seeds that have been in orbit with him, and compare their growth with rocket plants that have stayed on Earth.The study will help find ways to grow food in space which will be essential if humans travel to distant planets.
The children will be receiving special space seeds very soon (seeds that have actually been to space) and will be investigating the affect that exposure to zero gravity has on them.
The rest of the school made sure to keep well away from year four this week as their investigations were all about poo! With some nifty investigations into the digestive system the children learned lots and lots. They astounded Mrs Flanagan during our special assembly with their knowledge and understanding and their ability to describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.
In year six it was all about electricity. The children investigated using buzzers, cells and switches and were able to create some pretty impressive circuits. We were amazed to see science in action during our assembly as one of our super year sixes demonstrated how to use a circuit to set off a buzzer .
Science Day - October 2015
Science Day - 2015
Bedford pupils went mad about science during our recent whole school science week. The week began with a visit from a Mad Scientists who came to do a whole school assembly and talked to us about innovations and inventions in science.
A Mad Scientist then visited each class to run a workshop based on their current science topic and classes continued to work on these themes throughout the week.
Read about the 'Mad Science' workshops below
Reception - Children observed the human body, they looked at skeletons, naming the different bones and used stethoscopes to listen to their heartbeats.
Year 1 - Year 1 explored life in space and learnt about the stars and planets using their observation skills to examine 'moon rocks'. The class even went for a walk in space.
Year 2 - Mad mixtures was the theme for Year 2 and they even managed to make slime, which changed from a solid to a liquid.
Year 3 - Children learnt all about 3 different types of rocks, using their senses of smell and touch to explore them. They also created their very own sediment using chalk, sand and gravel.
Year 4 - Year 4 explored electricity and wired up their own circuits using buzzers and bulbs.
Year 5 and 6 - Children had fun classifying insects, pollinating each other, creating newly-adapted bugs and even experiencing their five senses as a fly!