Subject Ambassador: Miss A. Hunter-Purvis
Link Academy Councillor: Mrs. A. Johnson
Statement of Intent 2021 – 2022:
At Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School, we recognise Science as being an integral part of everyday life. We want our children to be curious about the world and have the skills and confidence to find out more. We provide the children with engaging and well thought out lessons, that aim to stimulate and challenge the children’s thinking. A clear, planned curriculum is taught in topics across the year groups. Children are taught in their specific year groups rather than their learning zones to ensure coverage across the curriculum. This encompass three key areas of science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, building on the children’s previously taught knowledge and scientific vocabulary. Children are taught to be inquisitive and eager, using ICT and a range of sources to help them find answers and build on their understanding through questions, scientific observations and research. We pride ourselves on providing the children with opportunities to ask in-depth and exciting enquiry questions based on the curriculum topics. Built into the heart of our curriculum is our annual STEM week where visitors and specialists are invited into school to inspire the next generation of scientist.
Stanhope is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and we are fortunate to be able to use our local resources to enhance the children’s learning and experiences throughout their time at Stanhope.
Delivering Science in a new way
From September 2021 we have decided to deliver the science curriculum in year groups rather than Learning Zones. Each teacher is delivering science lessons to one specific year group which may be different from the year groups in their allocated Learning Zones.
We have done this for a few reasons:
- To ensure correct coverage of the National Curriculum objectives
- To ensure progression is clear across the whole school
- To ensure children have the correct building blocks in place for every topic
- To deepen the children’s knowledge and take every opportunity to embed ‘sticky knowledge’
- To allow children to work with peers of the same age who may not be in their Learning Zone
- To utilise the expertise of teaching staff to deliver science in different year groups
- Our long-term plan now allows us to focus on a wider variety of enquiry questions and investigations
Year 1 – with Mr. Storey
Year 2 – with Mrs. Howes-Jones
Animals including Humans – During our topic of Animals including humans, the children have found out about animals and their young, finding out about the different way’s animals are carried and born into the world. They have looked at the stages of development a human goes through and identified the characteristics of the different stages. We have learnt about leading a heathy lifestyle and the importance of keeping clean, we even developed our own hand wash!
Year 3 – with Miss Hunter Purvis
Pattern seeking enquiry – The Year 3s have been learning all about Animals including Humans in their science lessons in the first half term. We learnt all about different types of skeletons, the bones in human skeletons, nutrition and muscles. To finish off our topic, we conducted a pattern seeking enquiry with the question ‘Do people with longer arms throw further?’ Our findings told us that people with long arms don’t necessarily throw further and we produced some excellent graphs to show this.
Year 4 – with Miss Hepple
Year 5 – with Mr. Clarke
Human Life Cycle – This term Year 5 mainly focused on the human life cycle, learning about how humans are born, grow and develop throughout their life time and the different changes which take place at different times. The children learned that human babies are more reliant on their parents than other animals and this was demonstrated in an egg-speriment where they became parents to their very own baby! There was nothing self-raising about this child as they had to work together to look after it throughout the day. The children found out how hard it was to be a parent as not all of the offspring survived the day.
Year 6 – with Mrs. Green
How do Nutrients travel around our body? – The Year 6 children had a fantastic lesson this week where they were looking at how nutrients go from our food into our bloodstream. We had a messy time recreating the digestive systems which demonstrated how the small intestine uses the villi to absorb nutrients and water which is then transported around our bodies in the circulatory system. Great work year 6!
You can view our archived Science information on our website.