At Leighton we believe that Science is a wonderful subject for developing curiosity, perseverance and thinking outside of the box. In our weekly Science lessons, we aim for children to be learning through practical experiences that are as meaningful to everyday life as they can be! As a result, we hope to spark real interests in children and prompt thought provoking work, investigation and knowledge acquisition.
Throughout KS1 and KS2 children build upon a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts. They are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We seek to encourage all children to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
As a school we are involved in lots of different Science activities throughout the year. This includes regular pond dipping, planting, local nature exploration, having numerous visitors such as The Mad Scientists and holding our own KS2 STEM clubs. Keep a look out for photos of these events throughout the academic year!
Science Fortnight 4th-15th March
This year we decided to spend not just one week celebrating science, but two!
Key Stage 1
As part of science week’s theme of journeys, Year 2 were lucky enough to learn more about the science behind trains from a real train driver. Mr Knott kindly answered questions thought of by the children, so they could learn more about how fast trains are powered and how many trains travel to London each day. This then led to them learning about how people make journeys around London on the Tube. This was a great cross-curricular link with our Great Fire of London topic. Year 1 have been observing further changes in the weather to create weather charts. The children explored the local area to look for signs of spring and had lots of discussions in class about how weather changes from season to season. Both year groups also enjoyed workshops by the Mad Scientists where they explored gas, solids and liquids!
Key Stage 2
Year 4 have been learning about electricity in science this term. They looked at circuit and static electricity and used a variety of different objects to explore these sources. Discussions arose about conductors and insulators and they also talked about how atoms are composed of particles called protons, electrons and neutrons. Their Mad Scientist workshop supported all of this previous learning.
Year 5 spent most of their time investigating air resistance and water resistance. By running around the playground with sheets of different sized paper, they learnt that the greater the surface area of an object, the greater the air resistance. Another investigation, linked to the science week theme of journeys, involved making paper aeroplanes, gliders and helicopters. Year 5 discovered that water resistance is a stronger force than air resistance and are continuing to investigate why stream lining is important. Everyone in Key Stage 2 completed lots of STEM based activities much to the children's delight.
The Big Bang Fair at NEC Birmingham
Some of year 5 and 6 were fortunate enough to visit the NEC and explore this exciting science exhibition. They watched shows by the National Geographic, talked to RAF pilots, made slime and raced robots (and that was just in the first hour). Everyone enjoyed the very inspirational day and grabbed the chance to do lots of hands on learning.