At Yorkley School we believe that science is about acquiring scientific knowledge through the experimental testing of ideas and research. Most of the teaching is through observational and experimental work and a wide range of resources is available in school to support this approach. Communication skills are essential in science and children learn how to convey their ideas and findings in a variety of ways. Science provides a unique opportunity for children to explore their world in an exciting and meaningful way. Our aim is to retain and develop a child’s natural curiosity, awe and wonder about the world.
The national curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Yorkley we are always striving to produce the best experiences for our children and science is a vehicle to do this! We are always looking at how to develop our curriculum to deepen the skills and knowledge for the children which is transferable across the curriculum.
14th & 15th of November2016 we held a Science and DT Days. We linked the science and Design & Technology to the National Campaign of Switch off Fortnight. Each class was invited to a workshop hosted by Severn Wye Energy Agency and the feedback from staff and children was extremely positive! Back in class there were investigations on how to blow up balloons without using your breath, potato & lemon clocks, electricity, chocolate and bubble blowing socks!!
The children’s skills of observation, predicting and questioning were really put to the test and further developed from last year. There were lots of smiling faces & laughter throughout the school.
The teachers then followed this up with talking through the scientific principles behind the experiments to deepen their knowledge.
A fantastic day BUT it didn’t stop there! There was a chance to show off our investigating, design, making and evaluating skills in DT. Each class was asked to design and create a machine to help use less electricity and help slow down pollution going into the atmosphere.
Class 1 design cute 2d robots using cutting and gluing skills.
Class 2 built great robots that had a moving part.
Class 3 created stunning machines that had permanent & temporary fasteners.
Class 4 and 5 created whizzy machines that incorporated electricity!
What a great way to link real life problems to Science & DT skills & knowledge!