‘Primary science isn’t just about nurturing the scientists of the future. It’s about ensuring every child develops a natural curiosity about the world around them and starts to think analytically about situations.’
Professor Robert Winston
Our Science Leader is Jo Bradley.
We are questioners. We are investigators. We are experimenters.
A scientist studies natural phenomena, developing the key skills of curiosity, perseverance and reflection. At Peartree Primary School, we aim for science to be as practical as possible, and as meaningful to everyday life as we can. Pupils enjoy science and the opportunities it brings for group work, investigation and knowledge acquisition; pupils love learning about how the world 'works'.
This aligns with the H, O and W of our curriculum intentions (see curriculum page).
Scientific knowledge and understanding are developed specifically through:
- animals, including humans;
- everyday materials;
- living things and their habitats;
- seasonal changes;
- states of matter, including rocks;
- light and sound;
- earth and space;
- forces and magnets.
In Key Stage 1, we teach the following skills so pupils learn to work scientifically:
- asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways;
- observing closely, using simple equipment;
- performing simple tests;
- identifying and classifying;
- using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions;
- gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.
In Key Stage 2, we teach the following skills so pupils learn to work scientifically:
- asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them;
- setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests;
- making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers;
- gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables;
- reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions;
- using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions;
- identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes;
- using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.
Enrichment activities aimed at ‘Inspiring ambition’ include:
- Annual STEM Week
- Visiting scientists, educational visits and visits to local secondary schools.
- A fortnightly science club open to all age groups.