Silver Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)
Our commitment to science teaching has been recognised through the Award of the Gilt PSQM.This celebrates excellence in our teaching and learning. It demonstrates that children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, and developing positive attitudes towards science as well as securing understanding and skills.
Feedback from the Award noted:
"The school is clearly committed to providing an excellent science education for its pupils and extending its reach into the wider community."
Purpose of study
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes
At St Julie’s, it is our intention to provide a science curriculum which ensures children develop ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live. We want pupils to develop a sense of respect, curiosity and wonder in the world around them.
As one of the core subjects taught at primary level, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it deserves. We explore physics, chemistry and biology in the most practical and engaging ways possible, securing the knowledge and skills necessary for our pupils to participate in, and contribute to, a technological society.
From Reception to Y6, pupils are encouraged to:
- ask scientific questions
- investigate and solve problems about the world in which they live
- develop knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts
We embed our learning within the national curriculum but also seek to address the particular need of our pupils
Children bring to school varied science experiences. It is our intention to promote their science capital in as many diverse ways as possible and expose children to science beyond the classroom and national curriculum.
Our science curriculum is broad, balanced and ambitious for all children.
Science Ambassadors are chosen for their love of science across the school. We felt this was an amazing opportunity for children, who are interested and passionate about Science, to shine!
Science Ambassador roles and responsibilities:
- To share ideas in meetings and suggest ways to improve science at St Julie’s.
- To link with Mrs McCahey, the subject leader
- To help with the organisation of Science resources.
- To take part in pupil voice
- To feedback the thoughts and opinions to their class.
- To help in the running of Science Week
The Science Ambassadors are made up of pupils from Y2 - Y6
Year 2: Dominic and Ted
Year 3: Joseph and Alivia
Year 4: Elsie and Luca
Year 5: Sophia and Thomas
Year 6: Matthew and Charlotte
Science capital is concerned with the pupil's exposure to science beyond the classroom and with us, as teachers, noticing what scientific experiences children bring to school. We aim to build a rich environment in which children can develop and share their science capital. Trips to a variety of sites and visitors to school form a vital part of our children's scientific experience. Our extensive school grounds offer the chance for investigations to be carried out, including the growing of plants in the school garden and observation of the seasons and wildlife. Science clubs and science fairs are further ways in which we encourage to see science beyond the curriculum. The section below, 'How can I help my child in science?' outlines some of the activities which could be done at home to promote scientific knowledge.
Staff and pupils worked together to establish our 'Science Principles' . This is our vision of science at St Julie. This can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
SEE 'SCIENCE OVERVIEW' ON THE DOCUMENT TAB FOR AN OUTLINE OF SCIENCE TOPICS IN EACH YEAR.
Year 5 visit to Jodrell Bank
Throughout the year we hold after school science clubs for Key Stage1 and Key Stage 2. Look out for our clubs on the bulletin. Our scientists have been busy investigating, exploring, predicting, making conclusions and having fun!
Over a series of 8 sessions, the children work towards gaining the CREST science Award. CREST is an award that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.
Take a look at the bottom of the page to see what we get up to.
How can I help my child in Science?
1. Know what they are doing in school.
Take a look at our science topic overview at the bottom of the page. This, and the information on class pages, will let you know what we are studying in school. Ask your children what they have been learning. Encourage them to respond to science questions on class blogs.
2. Science Week
This is now a strongly established annual event at St Julie. Each year we continue to be amazed at the new investigations presented by the children. Please continue to encourage this creativity and enquiry. The video 'Scientific Method' at the bottom of the page is of particular help for KS2 children when designing their investigations.
We welcome and encourage parental involvement in science.This is seen most actively during our annual Science Week. If you feel that you have any experience or contacts that could support our science learning, please speak to your child's teacher.
3. Get Hands-on
We encourage children to see science happening around them all the time and not just at school. For this reason Reception and Key Stage 1 children will bring home Science bags during the summer term. These contain a variety of simple investigations to carry out at home with an adult.Please encourage children to discuss their observations and to develop their scientific vocabulary. We hope to extend the use of the science bags throughout the year.
Children are encouraged to engage with investigations here and on class pages.
A sample from our Science Explorer home bags
4. Look up fun, practical science experiments you can do at home with everyday objects.
- Ask ‘What happens when you mix food colouring in milk?’ Then add washing up liquid and watch what happens.
- Why not try making your own mini exploding volcano? Just add bicarbonate of soda, food colouring, washing up liquid and vinegar. Then stand back and watch the eruption!
- Cooking is also a great opportunity to mix ingredients, add heat and examine changing states.
- Try exploring changing states with ice and water to begin to see those changes that can be reversed and those that can’t.
- A real favourite would have to be ‘gloop’ — use water and cornflour (add food colouring too if needed) to explore solids and liquids. Just be prepared to get messy!
- Of course, there are also some wonderful science kits available to buy to push your scientists further – making crystals, rockets and even bouncy balls.
Anything where they can be hands-on and see the science happen in front of their eyes is guaranteed to be get them interested!
5. Parental involvement in school science activities
Science capital refers to the science-related resources that someone possesses, such as their attitudes and dispositions, knowledge, interests, behaviours and social contacts. For instance, do children have friends or family who work in science-related jobs? Could you share your experience with school? Parents who have offered support previously have included jobs as: engineer, noise control, optician. Your experience is needed! Please contact us!
- Parents don’t have to know the “right answer” to help their children learn science. Parents can build on children’s natural curiosity by asking questions and looking for answers together.
- Science exploration can start with wondering aloud. You don’t require special materials or lots of time. On the way to school, have a chat about clouds, trees, birds or how warm your gloves are!
- Science is for home, school, and all the places in between.
- Science is watchable, readable, playable, and doable.
- Science learning is accessible to all. The skills of science - observing, asking questions, suggesting ideas and testing - are as important to Reception as to Year 6 children.
Further support and useful weblinks
- The National Curriculum for science
- for video clips and activities
- The Science Museum for information, games etc.
- The Children’s University of Manchester Science pages
- The Royal Institute’s annual Christmas lectures make science real for children and are available online, along with lots of other educational goodies
- National Geographic Kids