SCIENCE AT MANOR FARM
‘The scientist is motivated primarily by curiosity and a desire for truth.’ (Irving Langmuir)
At Manor Farm Community Junior School we at any age, science should be exciting, enjoyable and challenging, encouraging open-minded questioning and creative thought.
We strive for children to leave our school having achieved their very best. They should:
- Be involved in ‘doing things’ themselves and become the scientist.
- Retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about new and interesting things in the world around them.
- Be encouraged to develop positive attitudes, promoting scientific ways of thinking, including open-mindedness, co-operation when working with others, perseverance, care and concern for their environment, the making and testing of hypotheses, the designing and carrying out of fair tests, recording their results and communicating them to others effectively, interpreting their results and evaluating.
- Attain a body of scientific knowledge and understanding, which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
WHY IS SCIENCE IMPORTANT?
- It is essential to the understanding of the world around them.
- The skills and knowledge of science can be widely applied in everyday life.
‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing…..’ (Quote Albert Einstein)
HOW DO PUPILS LEARN SCIENCE?
- Children learn best in science through first hand experiences. This could be through observing mini-beasts in their natural habitat, rolling a toy car down a ramp or investigating if the tallest person in the class has the longest stride.
- Children also need opportunities to share what they know, ask questions to extend their own understanding and to reflect on their work and what they have learned. Teachers will endeavour to provide practical experiences through which children can explore their ideas and develop their knowledge and understanding of science.
HOW DOES SCIENCE WORK AT MANOR FARM?
- The school follows the 2014 National Curriculum
- Science is taught in a 1 hour 30 minute session each week.
- All Children have the same access to science activities regardless of their ability. Lessons will be differentiated to allow ALL pupils to be challenged and learn at their own rate.
- All Children have the same access to science activities regardless of their gender, religion, race or cultural background.
- Pupils will have chance in lessons to develop their scientific skills as well as develop their knowledge and understanding.
- Pupils will have time to reflect and discuss ‘Science in the News’ and how scientific innovations impact on our daily lives and will impact on our future lives.
- Pupils will learn about famous scientists who have lived in the past, or are still living and understand how their work impacted on lives of others.
WHAT TOPICS ARE TAUGHT IN SCIENCE?
|Year Group||Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer|
|3||Animals including humans||Forces and Magnets||Rocks||Plants||Light|
|4||Living things and their habitats||Electricity||Animals including humans||States of Matter||Sound|
|5||Living things and their habitats||Properties and changes of materials||Animals including humans||Forces||Earth and Space|
|6||Living things and their habitats||Evolution and Inheritance||Animals including humans||Electricity||Light|
You can find out in more detail what is taught in these subjects by visiting:
HOW CAN YOU AS PARENTS HELP?
(We value any help you can give your child in the development of science)
- Discuss and reflect on any science that is in the news with their children.
- Encourage their child’s curiosity in ‘Why’ things happen and work by asking and answering questions (The internet will have answers if it is a difficult question!).
- Give children the opportunity to develop their scientific skills. This can be done through many simple home experiments and through the purchasing of science kits.
- Discuss with pupils what they have learnt in science lessons at school.
- If you work in the science industry or have a particular interest, please feel free to discuss with Mr Cook how you can help support the school in this subject.
The most exciting phrase I hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny….’ (Quote by Isaac Asimov).
Mr Cook is the Science Co-ordinator. If you have any queries or questions, please contact him at school.