Science is the study and understanding of the world around us through observation and experimentation
Our children say
Our Science subject leader is Miss Dodson.
Miss Dodson says:
"Science is all about exploring similarites and differences in our natural surroundings. A perfect way to do this with young children is to give them first hand experiences. Since I have been a young girl I have loved being outdoors. One of my most fond childhood experiences is making perfumes and potions with mud, sticks, grass and water in my garden. At University I gained my Level 3 Forest School leader qualification. Now I have a passion for teaching early Science at Owston Park Primary in our very own Forest School area. The excitement and awe that the Forest School area gives our children makes it a unique learning experience and makes early science fun and memorable. The awe and wonder that Science sparks makes it one of the most fascinating subjects for children. In Biology you can inspire children by looking at what all living things do; in Physics you can study magnetism and be transported back to the times of Isaac Newton when looking at gravity; in Chemistry you can study how chemicals react with each other. All this demonstrates that Science is fun and exciting, whilst learning about the world around us."
The Science Curriculum at Owston Park
Our science curriculum aims to teach an understanding of natural phenomena; stimulate a pupil’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do and teach methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative and critical thought. Through the science capital approach, scientific vocabulary will remain as a key focus in science lessons, as it is a whole-school focus, to reduce barriers to education and build upon the pupils’ scientific capital. To further support this, pupils’ own experiences of science and their own lines of interest is incorporated into science lessons. Throughout and within science lessons, our school seeks to take advantage of opportunities to make cross-curricular links between subjects: pupils are given the opportunity to practise, apply and refine skills from other subjects, in particular English and Mathematics, within their science lessons, whilst being able to make reference to similar respective skills and knowledge from science in other subjects. In science, pupils learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.
Working Scientifically Skills
This academic year, we are introducing 'Snappy Science' sessions. These short, fast-paced sessions are based on research into retrieval practice, and they focus on developing our working scientifically skills. The sessions provide opportunity for high quality discussion using subject specific terminology and opportunities for children to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Each class completes 2 'Snappy Science' sessions per week.
We are proud to be on the journey of Primary Science Quality Mark.
STEM guardian workshops - January 2022
Year 1 made slime!
Y2 built catapults. They then measured how far their catapult could make the pom pom travel.
Y3 used chromatogrphy to solve a crime by comparing the separartion of mixtures within the culprits pens.
Y4 investigated how polymers behave in plastic.
Y6 children and their parents investigated how different materials conduct electricity and if a lemon or a potato would power the light.
EYFS & KS1 had a visit from an animal roadshow from White Post farm. The children learnt about small farm animals and got the chance to hold or stroke them!
Year 4, 5 & 6 learnt to take blood using a needle, used a special camera to see into their retinas, conducted an ECG and an ultrasound, but best of all, they learnt about many different job roles in the NHS!
Year 5 & 6 took part in a workshop with WEST in partnership with Amazon. They learnt about being an engineer, and took part in a coding & engineering activity where they programmed robots- they even made a robot do the moonwalk!