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St. James' CE Primary School

Science

At St James’ our emphasis is on learning through experimentation and exploration;  this involves a lot of practical and investigative work as well as presentations to encourage the pupils to test their ideas, apply knowledge to novel situations and communicate their understanding.

Our aims are:

  • Foster a love for the sciences
  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • To 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
  • To ensure all pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

KS1 Areas of Study

  • Pupils will ask simple questions and recognise that they can be answered in different ways observing closely, using simple equipment performing simple tests.
  • Pupils will identify and classify using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

KS2 Areas of Study

  • Pupils will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

To help with this the pupils regularly take short field trips to local sites. Students carry out investigations of the ecology of the Thames banks, parks and other geographic sites.

http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/funscience/.

Here are some links to online science resources and activities you might enjoy investigating. Do be mindful that many of these require adult supervision, so logon together and enjoy exploring the wonderful world of science!

Lots of fun interactive ideas and videos for all ages from the Science Museumhttps://learning.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/resources/?type=at-home 

Ready made fun learning activities for all ages, many involving outdoors from the Primary Science Teaching Trust:
https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/Science-Fun-at-Home 

STEM Learning - an amazing website with lots of activities linked to DT, Maths and Computing. They also have resources to support the BBC daily live lessons  for all age groups:
https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning/primary 

NASA's Climate Kids - a fun interactive website exploring space and earth, some resources for KS1 children but mainly for KS2:
https://climatekids.nasa.gov/ - 

Earthwatch Education - from the makers of Springwatch and The Really Wild Show; lots of outdoor and nature learning resources for all age groups:
https://edu.earthwatch.org.uk/ 

Switched On Science, part of the J2e group of apps with lots of videos, worksheets and examples sorted by year groups:
http://sos.lgfl.org.uk/ 

St James' Science curriculum
Pupils at St James' study science every week, developing both a rich scientific knowledge and a range of investigative skills. Please find the range of topics covered in each year group at the bottom of the page. 

As part of our creative curriculum, children's science learning is linked to their topic and Power of Reading text. As well as engaging activities in the classroom, we combine visits and trips to help bring the children's learning to life.

An Insight into Engineering
Here at St James', we are very fortunate to benefit from 'build a bike' afternoon workshops. Children have the opportunity to take apart and reassemble bicycles with our resident bike mechanic!

Healthy Eating
The children recently had assemblies from the NHS on healthy eating - particularly focusing on eating a wide range of coloured foods (to help achieve 5 a-day) and cutting down on sugar and took part in poster design competitions to promote healthy eating.