At Oakhill Primary we are passionate about Science. We thrive to inspire and motivate children to become curious, young scientists. We encourage children to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things behave and analyse the changes that are observed.
During each half term every year group explores a learning challenge question and investigates using a range of scientific equipment. A copy of the topics taught to each year group can be found at the bottom of this page.
Examples of Science topics:
Nursery: Dinosaurs and monsters & Minibugs
Reception: Around the World in 80 days & Animals in the World
Y1: Why isn’t everyone afraid of the dark? & What is your school made of?
Y2: Where did that racket come from? & How can we grow our own salad?
Y3: What do rocks tell us about the eay the Earth is formed? & How far can you throw your shadow?
Y4: How would we survive without water? & Could Spiderman really exist?
Y5: Do all animals and plants start life as an egg? & Will we ever send another human to the moon?
Y6: What would a journey through your body be like? & Could you be the next Nintendo apprentice?
Key Principles of Science
“We know that good science occurs in our school when…”
Children are engaged and excited
Children are active learners and work practically
Children have opportunities to investigate and explore their own ideas
Children feel inspired to find out more
Children confidently use Scientific Vocabulary
Children explain and discuss their predictions and findings of investigations
Children use a range of Scientific and ICT equipment where necessary
Children explore Science inside and outside the classroom
Teachers ask open questions to expand children’s thinking
Work is differentiated so all children can access and learn
Teachers have high expectations of all children
We consider a wide range of issues in the scientific world, such as the solar system, and use these considerations to enhance the spiritual and philosophical development of the children.
Moral development is improved through the consideration of issues such as the effects of human activity on the planet. This includes considering how species become extinct and how humans could help to stop this. Also looking at animal’s habitats and how important it is to protect these.
Social development is enhanced by students being encouraged to show respect for other people’s ideas. We develop social skills through group and practical work and consider the safety of others during our working scientifically lessons.
Cultural development is increased by consideration of the work done by various Scientists. This includes drawing attention to how cultural differences can influence the extent to which scientific ideas are accepted, used and valued.