St Clare's Science Principles and Vision

Science Principles and Vision

At St Clare's there is a clear vision for science, we place great emphasis on investigative skills in science.  It is important that children understand scientific methods and are able to conduct fair tests with accuracy.  

In the Early Years Foundation Stage science is experienced through the `knowledge and understanding of the world` area of learning. We aim to create a stimulating environment that encourages children to develop an interest in the environment around them both indoors and outdoors.

In Key Stage 1 we encourage the children to look more closely at the world around them, to become more curious and begin to ask questions.  In Key Stage 2 we continue to develop scientific thinking and scientific working..

Throughout both key stages, children learn how to make comparisons and identify similarities and differences; make careful observations and draw conclusions from their observations; make predictions and suggest questions that can be tested; plan and carry out investigations with fair tests; collect evidence and present results and draw conclusions. Our main aim is for the children to explore their curiosities about the wider world. 

Children learn about physical processes, life and living processes and materials and their properties.

Knowledge in science is learnt through a combination of experiment based learning, class teaching and using software to explain factual information and test learning.

 

Science Curriculum Overview

Science curriculum overview

 

Science Knowledge Mats

Each science topic is supported by a Knowledge Organiser which details the key facts, vocabulary and skills for each topic. These are given to the children at the start of each new science topic to support their learning.

Year 1 Knowledge Mats

Y1 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 2 Knowledge Mats

Y2 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 3 Knowledge Mats

Y3 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 4 Knowledge Mats

Y4 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 5 Knowledge Mats

Y5 Science Knowledge Organisers

Year 6 Knowledge Mats

Y6 Science Knowledge Organisers

 

What Science looks like at St Clare's...

Year 2 plants

Year 4 exploring sound

Year 5 investigating gravity and air resistance

Year 5 investigating mixing and separating materials

Year 6: BBC Live lesson: Space and Beyond

Year 6: Outreach: University of Manchester, Space 

Year 6: Light and Shadows

Year 6: BBC Live : Fossils and Evolution. 

Space Week 2022

To celebrate space week this year, our science ambassadors have set a challenge which is out of this world! They have asked all of the children to create something that represents space. This could be; a rocket ship, a 3D model of the solar system, hand print aliens, the possibilities could go to infinity and beyond! Have a look at the amazing creations so far! Thank you to all of the children for such incredible designs!

Playground Science 

During morning break time this week, the year 4,5 and 6 children were intrigued by the minibeasts that occupied our playground. We were joined by a centipede by the planters, and we explored how the leafs of the maple trees which surround our playground. The seeds or 'samaras' look like helicopter wings as they fall down from the tree! This led to a discussion with Mrs Salza about seed dispersal. 

Playground Science: November 

This week, the children were exploring magnetic objects around the playground, and testing the magnetism of a range of different materials. The magnifying glasses were also used again to explore the creatures around us! 

Running races were timed and repeated to make sure that a fair and accurate time was recorded, using stop watches. The children have loved using their working scientifically skills in the real world around them. 

Science Club 

This week's science club had a lovely festive feel. We focused on exploring how salt is a hygroscopic substance because it absorbs liquids. We combined our love for science with art and created salt art Christmas themed pictures. The salt soaked up the food colouring that we had used to help to create our masterpieces.

Science Club - Let it Snow 

This week, the science ambassadors made their own snow! They experimented with different mixtures to find the perfect solution. In the end, bicarbonate of soda and hair conditioner was the most successful. 

Christmas Themed Science Activities 

Over the festive period, why not try a Christmas themed science activity? There are lots to choose from to keep you busy whilst waiting for Santa to visit. If you complete any we would love to see them! Please send pictures to Mrs Salza k.salza@st-clares.manchester.sch.uk

Christmas Themed Science Activities

Useful websites

Here are some links to websites that you may find useful for supporting your child's science learning at home