As part of our Science topic looking at food chains, Year 4 had the chance to meet some real life predators and prey. Some of us were more reluctant than others to get up close! We found out about how each animal fits into a food web within the Rain forest.
In our science topic, we have been learning about the Digestion System. George Pindar Secondary School invited us into their science labs to discover more about how this vital process takes place. We tried to order the digestion system, had a look at the process from inside the body (!) and then made our very own model stomach using crackers, orange juice and a plastic bag.
Welcome to Overdale’s Science page, which gives you a chance to look at all the amazing Scientific knowledge our children have. Take at look at how we are raising the profile of science across our school.
Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena through the disciplines of chemistry, physics and biology. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity by finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national, and global level.
Strengths of the curriculum:
Teachers and leaders focus on the deliverery of Science lessons that develop the pupil’s curiosity in science investigation and knowledge.
- Teachers give sufficient weekly curriculum time to science.
- Professional development for subject leaders is given three times a year
- Pupils are inspired by the opportunities to work independently and develop their own scientific ideas.
- Regular visitors are invited into the school to show how science links with the world around us.
- Pupils are given the opportunity to develop skills in science enquiry at our link secondary school.
Areas for development:
- Embed skills and techniques that are required for greater depth so that the pupils are developing skills in a structured way.
- Embed science skills for pupils in Year6 and Year2 so that all pupils have the opportunity to develop scientific thinking and encourage them to be inquisitive about the world.
- To ensure that pupils build on their scientific knowledge through the five science enquiry elements.
- To lead colleagues to be confident practitioners of science enquiry.
- To analyse the data from Early Years and KS1 to ensure the pupils are developing independent skills as well as the ability to design their own investigations and take measurements from an early age.
- Subject leader to attend CPD on mastery science. As a result all staff will have access to skills and techniques that are required for greater depth
- Subject leader to provide a science club for Year 6 and Year 2 so that all pupils have the opportunity to meet national standards in science at the end of KS1 and KS2
- Subject leader to monitor that all Class teachers are teaching the five types of science enquiry to ensure that all pupils are taught a balance of knowledge and understanding and practical science.
- Subject leader to arrange science enquiry CPD for all years to ensure that all staff are aware of strategic actions that would improve their teaching
Subject leader to analyse PPMs and monitor how attainment compares with other subjects and the national average.
The nursery children have thoroughly enjoyed having the experience of looking after the chicks since they came to us last week as eggs. The children watched over the eggs in anticipation for the first sign of life; having the eggs in the Gruffalo Room enabled the children to watch every stage of the chicks’ arrival. Alongside these observations, the children have learned about where eggs come from and how our eggs containing the chicks are different from the eggs they may have for breakfast. They have learned about the importance of looking after living things, which linked nicely to a visit we had from a local vet last week. The children have drawn pictures of the chicks, whilst watching them in the incubator and they have also had the opportunity to handle the new arrivals, ensuring they used all their new found skills of taking care of animals. When Year 5 visited us on Friday, nursery told the older children all about the chicks and what had been happening in nursery over the last three days. They then helped the year 5 children hold the chicks by telling them how to handle them with care. It has been a fantastic experience and it has helped bring our Animal Kingdom topic to life, quite literally!