Enjoyment and involvement are central to Science lessons. Whenever appropriate, the children will complete an investigation themselves so that they understand and remember topics well. They learn good experimental technique and safety in the lab and regularly work with others and independently on a variety of investigations.
Children see how the science that they have studied in the Lab is used in everyday life. They are encouraged to go home and find out, for example, where magnets are used, which plants in their gardens thrive and why, or what materials can be found around the house…
Science Week is a highlight of the Summer term and features children choosing a series of investigations they would like to try. Popular choices include Save the Egg, Creating Volcanoes and the Tallest Tower.
There are trips and visits for each year group, to extend learning in particular topics. Recent trips have included the Cheltenham Science Festival and the Cotswold Water Park and the brilliant interactive Science museum in Bristol, We The Curious. We also have a yearly hands-on Year 6 workshop run by a former police officer who shows the children how science can catch criminals the CSI Berky experience!
By the time children leave us in Year 6, each pupil takes with them a sound foundation of scientific knowledge and has learnt how to investigate to find out ‘how’ and ‘why’. We expect them to be able to work with confidence in the lab of any secondary school.