At the Willesborough Schools, we aim to inspire and develop as many scientists as possible. Starting in Early Years, children are immersed in environments whereby vocabulary is pivotal. Our aim is for science vocabulary to underpin their experiences and enable children from reception to year 6 to become ‘scientists’, who can articulate their knowledge well. Our children are encouraged to be curious, ask questions and follow leads of enquiry to discover answers through use of their ‘Working Scientifically’ skills.
Our curriculum is based on the acquisition of knowledge, skills and vocabulary with a focus on children knowing more and remembering more. Our children will be taught about a new key scientist each year, introduced to key concepts and then given opportunities to consolidate and deepen their understanding through experiential, practical learning. As a result, all children, including SEND, will have the same opportunities to achieve and shine. Teachers make it explicit to children that they are learning science skills and that they are being ‘scientists'. Clear progression across year groups allows children to revisit and recap prior learning in order to embed skills and knowledge.
During our school closure, our teachers pre-recorded lessons for the children to access at home with their families. Here are some examples of our science lessons:
Some of our year two children enhanced their curiosity and excitement about all things science in science club! They explored magnets, used a cabbage indicator and pH paper to test for acid and alkaline and set off alka seltzer rockets. They virtually explored the human body with the fascinating curiscope virtuali-tee and played lots of fun games to represent blood travelling around the body. As if that wasn't exciting enough... they made balloon hovercrafts, watched a fire snake being made with a bunsen burner and took part in lots of exciting experiments! To name just a few, some of the children's favourites were: the skittles rainbow experiment, the germ experiment with water and pepper, slime making and watching the 'ghost' tea bag fly! It goes without saying, they got a little messy in each session (although stayed safe by wearing goggles!) and had a brilliant time. Thank you to The Science Lady, Becca, for all of the fun and science knowledge!
We've put together a little screen show of what they did - take a look!