At Rowsley C of E Primary School we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. We aim to help our children foster a love of the sciences through hands on activities, developing curiosity about the world and discovering knowledge for themselves. We encourage the children to ask questions and think critically in Science lessons and aim to encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
Our bespoke curriculum is built around three areas of knowledge, which are plants and animals, the world around us and materials
In EYFS, science is taught as part of the “Understanding the World” strand of learning, with a mixture of continuous provision activities and adult-led learning. From Year 1 onwards we adopt a more formal approach from in which the children are expected to present their findings in different ways.
"Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them." (Psalm 111:2)
Examples of Work
For the Year 5/6 Topic, The Alchemist we looked at magnetic and non-magnetic materials. We were amazed to find a liquid that was magnetic - we had lots of fun attracting the ferrofluid to the magnets and stretching it between 2 magnets. We were also challenged to separate magnetic and non-magnetic materials. We had to separate sand, iron-filings and ball bearings which were all in water. We used magnets, filters and a variety of sieves.
In the Y5/6 topic on mini-beasts, we had to create an ideal habitat for a woodlouse, we created different zones and placed some woodlice in the centre to see which they preferred. No woodlice were harmed in this investigation.
The children enjoyed a visit from Mr Sutton this morning, an orthopaedic surgeon who came to discuss skeletons and bones. The children asked lots of really brilliant questions and got to look at the teaching skeleton up close. One child was even lucky enough to have his arm put into a plaster cast! Unfortunately, Miss Sutton was too engaged in the presentation to capture any other photos!
This half term, the Y3/4 have been learning about the human digestive system!