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We love to celebrate British Science Week each year, here at Hellingly!
Classes all across the school got involved, carrying out experiments linked to this year’s theme of ‘Connections’.
Year 4 looked at electrical connections and made their own switches within a circuit and year 1 also focused in on electrical connections, investigating static electricity. Year 3 investigated how yeast and sugar could blow up a balloon, linking to their DT learning on pneumatics. They also looked at their finger prints using flour and sellotape. Through NFU’s Science Farm Live, year 6 learnt about how sheep are connected to seaweed whilst year 2 and year 4 learnt about how tractors are connected to space!
We also focused on ‘smashing stereotypes’ through looking at stories from individuals and teams that challenge long-standing stereotypes of what it means and looks like to be a scientist. We are already looking forward to British Science Week 2024!
Science at Hellingly
At Hellingly, we want our children fuelled with the understanding of the world around them. We deliver lessons which enable children the skills to understand and question the universe we live in. By giving the children a broad and balanced curriculum in science, we provide them with skills needed beyond their school life as they enter the wider community. Science lessons encourage cooperative learning as children work in groups to plan, solve and master topics linked to our lives. We promote a variety of lesson activities led by the children’s curiosity to meet the needs of all our pupils. The children are taught the skills for an investigative approach but are given opportunities to record their findings in individual ways. It’s our vision that all children have the opportunity to be a scientist whilst at Hellingly school.
Hellingly’s Science curriculum
Our aims at Hellingly for science are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum and to ensure the progressive development of knowledge and scientific skills (asking questions, carrying out fair and comparative tests, observing and measuring changes, identifying, classifying, recording and presenting data, drawing conclusions, noticing patterns and presenting findings, using secondary sources of evidence).
The National Curriculum aims are to:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- be equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this.