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.
The 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.
The entire school has been celebrating National Science week and the theme ‘growth’ through various practical investigations.
Some lessons were one off to create awe and wonder while other investigations will continue to ‘grow ‘ throughout the term . KS 1 pupils will have a talk about ‘farm to fork ‘ food and how seeds are grown and our vegetables land on our tables. KS 2 children were buzzing with excitement after an Assembly with the talented Poppy Blackledge an ex pupil who has ‘grown ‘in her career in the Arts. They loved how enthusiastic she was about her profession and she inspired Warren pupils.
Reception pupils have made bread, observing the growth from dough to the bread rising. They have read traditional tales from around the world and tasted bread from various countries.
Year 1 Children have also been looking for and investigating worms as they have set up their own ‘wormery’ in class. The children are excited to see what 'their class' worms are up to everyday! They have also created bird feeders using apples, with Mrs Summers in forest school.
In Year 2, we have been looking at the growth of microbes in the form of mould. We tested the growth of mould by using 3 samples of bread; one handled with gloves and sealed in a bag, another touched by washed and sanitised hands and the third touched with dirty hands. You can probably guess which grew the most mould… and children now understand the importance of washing their hands!
Year 3 Children have been measuring their shadows at different times of the day and observed the ‘growth’ in length and direction depending on the sun. They measured their height and compared it to the morning and afternoon measurements and were amazed by the difference. They also created hand shadows and created stories using these different shadows.
Year 4 have been looking at growth in the rain forest and have made a biome. A biome is an area classified according to the species that live in that location, the temperature range, soil type, and the amount of light and water that are unique to a particular place.
Year 5 Children have been growing vegetables in line with our WW2 topic. Whilst learning about rationing the children then created posters to persuade the population to 'Grow Their Own' to supplement their ration supplies as the people who lived in WW2 were actually asked to do by the government. We also celebrated by making 2 different designs of catapults to investigate levers - the children had fun finding out which catapult was the best lever.
In Year 6 for Science, we have been looking at antibodies and how they stick to a virus and encourage immune cells to attack and destroy. We have been making some origami models to show what happens between antibodies and viruses.