Science

Our Science curriculum provides the foundation for the understanding of the physical and biological aspects of the world. We use it as a bridge between many subjects so that it contributes to a broad and balanced, rigorous, relevant and enjoyable curriculum.

We aim to encourage all of our children to see themselves as scientists, by providing them with opportunities to work scientifically and to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. During lessons, they will carry out a range of scientific enquiries that will help them to answer the scientific questions they have about the world around them. In doing this, they will develop their skills of prediction, observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying, grouping, fair testing and drawing inference from evidence.

The Programmes of Study laid down in the National Curriculum, along with close liaison with schools in our pyramid and ongoing assessment, allow us to maintain continuity and progression across phases.

Science Curriculum Map
 
Please find below the whole school curriculum map for science which sets out the topics and objectives covered in each year group.
Finstall Fossil Workshop
Jules Howard, a zoologist, has become a regular visitor to Finstall First School! The children in Year 3 are given a fascinating introduction into how fossils are formed before being challenged to identify the many examples that Jules brings in to share. They particularly enjoy the fossilised poo! The children also develop their skills of scientific research by looking at Madagascan amber in order to uncover what prehistoric Madagascar might have been like. We are always very impressed, as is Jules, with the questions asked by the children.
Whole School Science Days
 
As a way to help the children to understand the importance of science to the world in which we live, we have arranged 'Science Days'. These have allowed the children to explore further some key ideas and areas.
We were very lucky to have been selected as a school to take part in the Rocket Seeds investigation, a nationwide school project  which was launched by Tim Peake as part of his journey to the International Space Station. The investigation was introduced to the school in a whole school assembly and the children were able to watch how the seeds grew over the following weeks before submitting our results to the European Space Agency. Alongside this, a science day was held where the children had the opportunity to find out what life is like as an astronaut by carrying out investigations and researching.
In order to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, a visting group came in to school to hold workshops with each of the year groups. During these workshops, the children had the opportunity to consider a different aspect of space travel. These ideas were then followed up, as part of our science day, back in the classroom.