Our vision for science is to develop curious and inquisitive learners, who use their scientific skills and knowledge to understand the world around them.
At Bryn Offa CE Primary School, science is taught for a minimum of 2 hours a week. Within Reception, science is mainly taught through play and links to ‘Understanding the world’. Our Medium Term Plan has been split into a 2 year cycle for each class so the children can experience the breadth and depth of our science curriculum. Teachers also use the Medium Term Plan to link scientific skills (using the Skills Progression Table for guidance) into each topic and allow children to learn about influential scientists and key scientific discoveries.
Throughout the year, children will access a variety of enquiry types: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. At Bryn Offa, pupils also spend time researching scientists and how scientific ideas have developed over time. This allows the children to see the real world application of scientific knowledge, whilst also encouraging them to view science as a potential career path.
Developing the children’s scientific skills is considered central to each science lesson, as this gives children the building blocks they need to be successful in science at secondary school and it is also where they can let their natural curiosity and inquisitiveness flourish. Ultimately, science at Bryn Offa will prepare pupils to understand the use and implications of science, today and for the future.
Here at Bryn Offa we have a beautiful setting, which is used extensively. Children walk to the Llanymynech Heritage Area to reinforce their learning in a wide range of areas, including seasonal changes, habitats, animals, plants and rocks. We teach the children to respect and admire living organisms and the natural world around them.
The children have also had the opportunity to:
- Visit and complete workshops at Chester Zoo;
- Complete Living Things and their Habitats activities at Attingham Park;
- Visit and complete a workshop at The Exotic Zoo;
- Visit Park Hall Farm;
- Complete a materials hunt at The British Ironworks Museum;
- Visit and complete a workshop at Blue Planet;
- Complete activities based on forces at RAF Cosford.
This year’s (2021) Science Week was a bit different due to COVID restrictions. The whole school took part in a Live Science Lesson over Microsoft Teams. We made citrus fruit volcanos and explored which fruit made the biggest volcano. We found the lemon and lime was the most dramatic but the reaction using the orange was the smallest.
Each year, we take part in Science Week. The theme for 2020 was ‘Our Diverse Planet’. This was an excellent opportunity to visit the Llanymynech Heritage Area.