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Science

Statement of Intent

We place great emphasis on the importance of enquiry based learning and research. We want our pupils to appreciate the way that science is an integral part of our lives. Opportunities for real life scientific experiences have been established within the local community including local hospital and Eco projects in order to develop and enhance pupils’ knowledge of the local and wider world. The Science taught at Horfield provides children with the knowledge and understanding they need for studying sciences at secondary level.

Implementation

Our curriculum develops scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry. Science is taught discreetly and also through cross-curricular links with other subjects including Maths, Computing and English. As our learners progress through the school, they have different opportunities to carry out practical tests and investigations and to visit other places in order to gain first hand experiences with experts in their field. For example a recent Y4 visit to St George’s Concert Venue developed children’s knowledge of Sound in a real context.

To further raise our pupils’ aspirations, a flourishing partnership has been developed with Bristol University Life Sciences Department and a STEM network of schools. Practising scientists share expertise, knowledge and skills with our pupils so that they have the opportunity to study DNA, neuroscience, blood and circulation and careers in Science. Taster sessions were provided at our local hospital for our disadvantaged pupils so that their awareness of the wider world was enhanced and their awareness of different careers was developed. A STEM Partnership with South West schools has introduced a whole school science task that specifically focused on ‘working scientifically.’ 

We aim to create WOW moments for the children to make their learning in Science meaningful and memorable.

At Horfield we make our learning as cross-curricular as possible linking our Science topics with other areas of the curriculum such as ICT, Maths, Art and English.

Take a look at some of the things we have been learning:

Years 1 and Year 5 have had a visit from the Explorer Dome where the children learned about the planets in our Solar System.

Year 1 enjoyed this experience as they linked this with their learning in English and read a book called Bob, Man on the Moon.

Year 5 have been learning about the different planets and creating mnemonics to help them remember the order.

Year 2 have been exploring our school grounds and looking at things that are dead or alive.

Year 3 were excavating fossils, breaking open dinosaur eggs and were very lucky to receive a visit from Max’s Grandad who is an archaeologist! He brought in a variety of fossils for the children to examine and gave a really interesting talk.

Year 4 went on a trip to St George’s and built upon their knowledge of sound. They saw just how thin the ear drum is and discovered that there are sounds children can hear that adults can’t!

Year 6 had a visit from Clifton High School and enjoyed a brilliant afternoon investigating chemicals. They carried out a practical and discovered that chemicals can combine to produce some really interesting colours.

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