Science at Greenside
“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.”
Edwin Powell Hubble 1889-1953
Science Home Learning
Here are some useful downloads and links to support home learning:
Science news updates ...
The UK Space Agency has published a collection of space related educational resources for schools, parents and carers to use to support home learning. A web page link has been added to the 'Useful Science Weblinks' folder above. Please take a look.
'Science for One' is a new addition to our home learning resources. It contains a set of activities for practical science while respecting social distancing. Each activity is based around using one easy to obtain resource with children working independently. One activity, One person, One resource. A new activity sheet will be added each week! Take a look at the 'Science for One' star folder above.
Remember to keep checking all of our 'Science Home Learning' star folders regularly as new activities are added each week.
Science At Work
The Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) is working with Spectrum Drama and St. Mary's University to create opportunities to meet past and present scientists and to learn more about people who do jobs that use science.
Science at Work consists of weekly activity sheets about scientists and people who work in a science-related job. Children are encouraged to send in their questions to the scientist who will answer as many as they can in a video released the following week. Videos can be viewed through Primary Science Teaching Trust’s Facebook page or on PSTT web page. For further information on how to take part, click on the web page link below.
Our Science Home Learning Photos & Videos
Take a look at some of our Greenside scientists at work...
Poppy's Colour Mixing Science Investigation Presentation
Molly's Rocket Launcher
Paper Plane Investigation...
Is it magic? No its Science!
Exciting Science! Don't try this without an adult!
Can you see a rainbow?
Exploring static electricity part 1
Exploring static electricity part 2
Our Science Ethos & Aims
In Science we aim for all children to become confident scientists, actively participating in learning through a hands-on investigative approach to science. They feel confident to take risks and ask questions to encourage their natural curiosity of the world around them.
The aims of science are to enable children to:
- ask and answer scientific questions;
- plan and carry out scientific investigations using equipment, including computers correctly;
- 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 earth;
- evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.
- Understand science in everyday life – how it impacts on our world and how jobs use science.
In EYFS Science is taught through investigation and observation as an integral part of the Early Learning Goal ‘The World’. In Years 1 to 6, our long-term plans have been arranged into a two year rolling programme for Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2, and Upper Key Stage 2. Units can be taught in any order within the given academic year. Science may be part of cross-curricular topic work, but is often taught discretely as a focus science week each half term. The outdoor environment is used at every appropriate opportunity. In September 2019 we were delighted to be awarded the prestigious Primacy Science Quality Mark Award which recognises commitment, expertise and quality in science teaching, learning and leadership within a school.
Please see the long-term overview for each tier group for more information about the topics covered in each year.
Programme of Study
At Greenside Primary School, we do all we can to ensure Science teaching inspires our pupils. Science is a core subject and we have worked hard on our curriculum, planning, equipment and resources as well as a commitment to the continued professional development of staff to develop their subject knowledge and skills to deliver first class science lessons. We follow the National Curriculum in England Science Programme of Study for KS1 and KS2. The National Curriculum for Science outlines statutory school curriculum content to be taught in KS1 and KS2, which we have embedded in our long and medium term science plans when planning an engaging and inspiring curriculum to meet the needs of all our pupils.
Science at Home
What your child is learning in Science at school and how to help your child at home ...
The word 'Science' may conjure up memories of learning lists of facts when you were in school. However, with regard to Science in school today, children are encouraged to observe, question and investigate through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, rather than accept the facts unchallenged.
The National Curriculum separates the teaching of Science into several areas:
Working Scientifically (all year groups)
Animals, including Humans (all year groups)
Plants (Y1, Y2, Y3)
Living Things and their Habitats (Y2, Y4, Y5, Y6)
Evolution and Inheritance (Y6)
Everyday Materials (Y1)
Uses of Everyday Materials (Y2)
States of Matter (Y4)
Properties and Changes of Materials (Y5)
Evolution and Inheritance (Y6)
Seasonal Changes (Y1)
Light (Y3, Y6)
Electricity (Y4, Y6)
Forces and Magnets (Y3)
Earth and Space (Y5)
What is Working Scientifically?
When 'working scientifically', children investigate a range of processes, the nature and methods of science. They do this through a range of scientific skills including: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying; classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and research using secondary resources. They learn how to plan investigations (varying only one factor at a time, ensuring it is a fair test); present their results (in tables and charts) and explain their findings. Encourage your child to look closely at things, ask questions and feed their curiosity.
Primary Science Quality Mark
In September we were delighted to hear the news that we had been successful in our endeavours to achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark Award. This is a nationally recognised award led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. The award celebrates a commitment to raise the profile of Science in primary schools and excellence in Science teaching and learning. The pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard to demonstrate the quality of teaching and learning in Science at Greenside and their efforts and expertise have been recognised with the achievement of this award. Our Greenside pupils have a real love of not only Science but all STEM subjects. We are looking forward to further developing the subject across school to ensure the best learning opportunities for our pupils.