Science

SWAFFIELD SCHOOL’S PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING SCIENCE

At the start of the school year our teachers worked together to create a bank of ideas for what “good” science lessons should be like; our principles of teaching science. We care passionately about science teaching at Swaffield and want pupils to complete their primary careers with a sound scientific knowledge and with all the necessary scientific enquiry skills for their adult lives.

Science Award

Swaffield was awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark in the Autumn Term, 2014.
This award scheme celebrates excellence in science in primary schools across the UK.
Mrs Naldrett, subject leader for Science at Swaffield, said:

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been given this award.
It’s about raising attainment in science and increasing its profile
within school but most importantly, it’s about making science a fun,
enjoyable experience for the children and igniting their interest.

OUR APPROACH TO SCIENCE

All class teachers at Swaffield plan as effectively as possible for the different abilities of their pupils in Science.  Our approach is often cross-curricular which means we incorporate science into as many subjects as we can, with a particular emphasis in mathematics lessons.

Scientific Enquiry and investigation play a key part in lessons We aim to provide our pupils with the opportunity to take part in ‘hands-on’ investigations during science lessons because we feel children learn a lot through the acts of ‘doing’, ‘experiencing’ and ‘decision making’. Children are being given lots of open-ended activities in lessons which create ‘spark’ and challenge. Children are taught to recognise what is safe and what could be unsafe or a danger in science lessons and take appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of themselves and of others.

Each year we run a Science Week where teachers spend the time focusing on the Science curriculum. The week is always action-packed with visits from experts in the science field, theatre groups, workshops provided by Burntwood School and much more. We always provide an opportunity for parents to come to a Science Week evening when the children and teachers can share their work and demonstrate the activities of the week.

Burntwood School has been recognised as a secondary school which excels in the teaching of science and Swaffield is very fortunate to be part of a cluster group of primary schools which benefits from regular contact with the science department there. Through our relationship with Burntwood we are able to have guest teachers to work with classes, run workshops throughout the year and we arrange for Years 5 and 6 to visit the school and take part in science lessons using ‘secondary school’ equipment, such as Bunsen burners and force metres.

Mrs Naldrett Science Subject Leader

SCIENCE NEWS

The Nature Collection – Autumn 2015.
KS1 and Early Years children recently took part in a fantastic wildlife workshop run by The Nature Collection which really brought nature to life in a unique and memorable way.  They had a really interesting time in which they tried on deer antlers, looked at butterflies and moths through a magnifying glass, inspected the skeleton of a fox cub, touched a squirrel tail and a bird’s wing amongst many other amazing items. The Nature Collection includes many objects that have been collected from Richmond Park (with special permission) and is just like a travelling Natural History Museum!
Here are photos of the wildlife workshop and you can visit The Nature Collection’s websitehere to find out more.

 Science Assemblies – Autumn 2015
Children from all year groups learnt about aerodynamics and vacuums in our special science assemblies in Autumn 2015. The assemblies used a range of everyday objects including ‘Eggbert’ the egg, a hairdryer and balloons to captivate the audience. Enjoy our photos here:

 Previously in Science

January 2015 – Science Masterclass at Burntwood School. 

Three children from Year 6 have been chosen to take part in this science club at Burntwood School which is a specialist science school (secondary).  Our pupils will attend the club once a week for six weeks where they will gain a greater understanding of science, the equipment and the vocabulary used. This is something we’ve enjoyed doing for a number of years and we are grateful to Burntwood for involving us.

Week 3, 20th January 2015:  This week, the children predicted which bits of the Science Lab were the dirtiest or scientifically speaking, had the most bacteria. They also collected bacteria using cotton buds and are growing it in a petri dish.

Week 1, 6th January 2015: The children learnt how to use a Bunsen burner safely and found out the difference between a “safe” flame and a “real” flame – the latter is more vicious and hotter.  They also had fun testing chemicals. Here are some photos from week 1:

Our cross-curricular Science Day across the whole school was a great success. 
Our theme was Ice, Water and Keeping Warm and each class took part in the day in a different way. Some children filled bottles with different coloured liquid to investigate the impact of space on sound waves; they discovered that high pitch and low pitch sounds were created depending on the amount of liquid in the bottle.  Others were given a range of measuring containers which they had to divide into those that could hold more than 1 litre of water and those that held less.  Our youngest children, in Nursery, investigated dissolving and also travelling liquids.

Here are some photos.