At Oxclose Primary Academy, we believe Science should be fun and enjoyable. It should involve practical, hands-on experiences for all children to participate. Science should encourage a natural curiosity about the world around us. During Science lessons, pupils take part in a variety of scientific experiences, including outdoor opportunities. Pupils have opportunities to ask questions so that they can predict, investigate, record and conclude in different ways. Wherever possible, Science is linked to other areas of the curriculum, particularly English, Mathematics and Computing.
Our objectives in the teaching of Science for all of our pupils are:
- to ask and answer scientific questions;
- to plan and carry out scientific investigations, with the correct use of equipment (including computers);
- to know how to evaluate evidence, and to present conclusions both clearly and accurately;
- to learn about a variety of topic areas, including; humans, the solar system, forces, light and sound.
Within the Early Years, Science is covered in the ‘Understanding the World’ section of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Through the context of exploration and investigation, the aim is that the children will be equipped with the necessary skills to make sense of the world around them.
Science Week 2019
We have had a roarsome Science Week 2019! Our theme for this year was dinosaurs and all children, from Reception to Year 6, have loved it. We started the week with assembly from Loraine Coghill and Professor Sarah Elton from Durham University – they took us back in time to when dinosaurs were around. We ended the week with another assembly where we shared what we had been doing and a member of each class received an award for particularly impressing their teachers!
Some of our children from Year 6 attended the Science is Fun show at the University of Sunderland. They had a great time watching some amazing experiments and even some explosions! The children set a fabulous example for our school and their behaviour was fantastic.
Reception had great fun in their Slime Workshop
Children from Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed their Mammal Workshop
Children from Year 2 met some magnificent mini beasts
Children from Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their rock workshop.