Science at St Andrew's

 

We want to make Science at St Andrew’s as engaging and hands-on as possible, where appropriate. We want to encourage the next generation of scientists, investigators, engineers, and well-rounded individuals, by:

  • Modelling and encouraging use of appropriate and accurate scientific vocabulary in relation to area of study
  • Allowing plentiful child-led investigations where the pupils investigate answers to both their own and given questions
  • Inspiring and exciting by teaching, visits and/or visitors demonstrating scientific experiments
  • Learning about key areas of chemistry, biology and physics depending on their learning stage
  • Making predictions using prior knowledge and analyse results of investigations
  • Exposing children to relevant real-life examples of scientific theories where possible to deepen understanding

Science Curriculum Overview

What are we learning?


Year 1

In Year 1, we have investigated our bodies and our senses. We went on a senses walks and listened out for lots of noises, we made our bodies out of playdough and labelled them, and then we tasted some Spanish fruit - there were lots of sweet flavours but some very sour ones which made our tongues go funny!

We have also been investigating animals and pets. We have been learning all about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians. We even went on a mini-beast hunt to look at different habitats that animals live in. We saw spiders, centipedes, worms and different insects, along with lots of birds making nests!


Year 2

In Year 2, we have been dropping "egg hot air balloons" to test out which material would make the best hot air balloon.


Year 4

In Year 4, we have been learning all about electricity! We’ve learned how to construct circuits and have investigated how easily different types of switches can break and reconnect a circuit.


Year 5

In Year 5, we have delved into the mind of Leonardo da Vinci and his vast array of inventions. We have created our own catapults out of lolly sticks and designed our very own Rude Goldberg machines. In keeping with da Vinci and also another famous Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei, we have had lots of fun discovering and experimenting with forces. We have designed, created and tested out our own egg-protecting parachutes!


Mobile Experiment Workstation

Excitingly, we have been given the opportunity at St Andrew’s to purchase a mobile Science Workstation. This experiment workstation provides the resources and opportunity to include more hands-on, practical pupil-led investigations and experiments in our Science lessons. It will allow access to electrics, a Bunsen burner and a range of practical science equipment. This is a great opportunity for us to increase our practical science lessons and turn every classroom into a Science Lab! Hopefully the children will be telling you all about the many more exciting experiments happening in their classes soon!


Exciting opportunities coming up!

  • British Science Week 11th-20th March – The theme this year is ‘Growth’. Each class will be coming up with their own investigations using this as a starting point. We can’t wait to show you some of our experiments!
  • Science Club – We are hoping to start an exciting Science Club for LKS2 in Term 4, more information regarding this will be available closer to the time, watch this space!

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