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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, Events & Exciting Updates

Take a look at the latest science news, events and exciting updates at Greenside. If you hear of any other exciting Science events coming up please send us an email and let us know. Remember to keep checking all of our 'Science Home Learning' star folders above as new activities are added regularly!

British Science Week 5th - 14th March 2021

It's British Science Week and the theme for this year is 'Innovating for the Future'. British Science Week celebrates all STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and the important role they play in everyday life. Taking part is really easy and there are lots of ways to get involved. You could find out about a scientist who changed the world with their discoveries, inventions and innovations, or research a famous invention and identify how this has influenced the way we live our lives today.  


Poster Competition:

We would really like the children to take part in this year's poster competition run by the British Science Association. The poster must illustrate 'Innovating for the Future' and everything that makes it special. Here are some ideas to get you started...

1) Think about your own innovation – from inventing your own toy that you want to share with your friends to a useful machine that will help your family or the whole world! How will it change the ways of play, sports and leisure, entertainment, communications, work, or even school?

2) Feeling futuristic and global? Why not think about an innovation – new ideas, inventions, products or services we have never heard before that would make the world a better place?

3) Do you know someone who is an awesome innovator? Try to showcase their innovations and reflect on how this person’s innovations impacted the lives of many.

4) Everyday innovations can be easily overlooked. Identify common innovations that you use daily and give a thought on how your life would be without them.

Making your poster:

Once you’ve done your research, it’s time to get creative! Your poster must be:
* A4 or A3 size. 

* It can be made by hand or using a computer.
* You can use pop up pictures, pull out tabs or use materials such as paint, drawing pencils, crayons and paper.

Sending your poster into school:
Posters will be judged on creativity, how well they fit the theme, and how well the poster has been made or drawn. Once the poster is complete, send it into school marked for the attention of Mrs Shoesmith by Monday 19th April at the latest. School will send the entries online for judging.


For further details of this year's British Science Week you can click on the link below or explore the pdf documents with lots of fantastic ways to get involved.


To see an fantastic innovation in action, click on the YouTube link below to watch the 'This Too Shall Pass' music video by the band OK Go featuring the innovative Rude Goldberg Machine in action. Perhaps the video might inspire you to invent a machine of your own using readily available scrap and craft materials?


"It's never too early to encourage your child to start thinking about what sort

of role they could play in this brave new world where science is so important."

Jo Hemmings (Behavioural Psychologist)

Star Count 2021

Every year The Countryside Charity (CPRE) asks the nation to help measure light pollution by counting visible stars in the night sky. To join in simply visit the CPRE website by clicking on the link below, and choose a clear night to complete your star count between 6-14th February 2021. You can star gaze from your garden, doorstep, balcony or even your bedroom window. You don't need to be an expert star gazer to take part as the website provides plenty of support on how to do this. So what are you waiting for? Look ahead on the weekly weather forecast for a clear night, pick a date and have fun!

The National Marine Aquarium Live Lessons

The NMA is delivering live lessons to assist with home learning whilst also providing a chance for children and their parents and teachers to gain some of the wellbeing benefits that have been proven to come from watching aquatic life. Research has shown that encounters with marine environments (physical or virtual) have a powerful effect on our emotional state and general wellbeing. With the country in lockdown there has never been a more important time to ensure everyone has access to a weekly dose of ocean.


The NMA is offering a new live lessons series on their YouTube channel completely free of charge. Every Friday during lockdown, you will be able to tune into two special shows on their YouTube channel and catch up on any you may have missed. The sessions follow a key theme each week as detailed on the website.


Session 1: Deep Science - Fridays 1.00-1.30pm and Session 2: Mermaid Tales - Fridays 1.30-1.45pm.


The Deep Science sessions see the NMA schools team using the aquarium exhibits and AquaLab to explore the science behind the animated ocean exploration tv series 'The Deep' on CBBC every weekday at 12pm during lockdown. Expect fascinating facts and real time experiments, as well as ideas to follow up with at home!


The Mermaid Tales will involve a short story narrated by the resident mermaid Marina. What a relaxing way to spend Friday afternoon and wind down for the weekend.


Click on the links below to access The National Marine Aquarium website and their YouTube channel.

RSPB - The Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

Why not take part in this exciting event from 29th - 30th January? Click on the link below where you will find further information about how to take part on the Positive Mental Health And Wellbeing page.

Science for One

'Science for One' is a more recent 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. Take a look at the 'Science for One' star folder above.

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

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Molly used a mix of bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid and white vinegar. The reaction when the substances mixed together launched her rocket into the air. She had to test her mix of ingredients a few times to make sure she had the correct ratios of each ingredient to ensure the rocket was launched high in the air.

Paper Plane Investigation...

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Colby built a set a paper planes. Each plane was different. He then planned and carried out a fair test to see which plane would fly the furthest. See more photos and his results in the 'Science At Work - Investigations & Experiments' photo section above.

Is it magic? No its Science!

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Exciting Science! Don't try this without an adult!

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Can you see a rainbow?

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Exploring static electricity part 1

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Exploring static electricity part 2

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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)

Rocks (Y3)

States of Matter (Y4)

Properties and Changes of Materials (Y5)

Evolution and Inheritance (Y6)


Seasonal Changes (Y1)

Light (Y3, Y6)

Sound (Y4)

Electricity (Y4, Y6)

Forces and Magnets (Y3)

Forces (Y5)

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.

In the folders below are a few ideas of how you can help your child at home with scientific understanding. We hope you enjoy these simple ideas. Have fun and please encourage your child to look closely at the world around them and investigate.

Primary Science Quality Mark

In September 2019 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.