At South Hill School we understand that children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring, investigating and asking questions. This is pivotal to Science learning and allows children to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
We aim to provide a quality science education which provides the foundations of understanding the world and creates curious and enthusiastic learners. We encourage Science to be taught through practical tasks and where applicable the use of our extensive school grounds, the locality of our town or The Box Moor Trust.
Through Science at our school, we aim to ensure that all children:
Develop scientific knowledge and understanding as well as fun practical learning skills
Develop understanding of different types of scientific enquiry that will help them answer scientific questions about the world around them
Link learning to real-life and explore through outdoor learning
Access a Science related trip in all year groups
Link Science learning to all other subjects in order to deepen understanding
The Science Primary Curriculum is taught throughout the school.
Working Scientifically and Scientific Knowledge
Working scientifically (or investigative skills) focuses on an understanding of practical investigation and the skills needed in order to do so. These skills include, observing, investigating, classification, asking and answering questions, exploring data and working as a team through practical learning. Scientific knowledge is the understanding of scientific facts and phenomena and responding to questions about their scientific learning.
Pupils explore Science via the learning area called ‘Understanding the World.’ They also experience an outdoor session called ‘Welly Wednesday.’
Key Stage 1 Science
The focus of science teaching in Key Stage 1 is to enable the children to experience and observe phenomena; looking more closely at the world around them.
Key Stage 2 Science
The focus of science teaching in lower Key Stage 2 is to enable the children to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. The focus of Science teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to enable the children to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas.
Science Local Links
We strongly promote and celebrate Science learning at our School. We work in collaboration with The Box Moor Trust, a local allotment site, Heath Lane Cemetery, Lockers Park School, Hemel Hempstead School and our own grounds to ensure Science learning is pro-active and meaningful.
EYFS (Wrens and Robins) - 'Understanding the World'
Year 2 - comparing 'height to size of feet' Year 6 - Knowledge of Light poster
BBC Bitesize Key Stage 1 - fun activities to help children in KS1 learn more about Science
BBC Bitesize Key Stage 2 - fun activities to help children in KS2 learn more about Science
British Science Week
We celebrate British Science Week each year by holding a Science Day where pupils have a day of fun scientific learning by carrying out practical experiments and investigations.
Year 6 enjoy a Science and Technology afternoon at Lockers Park. This supports their transition to secondary school as they learn in a Science laboratory.
The Box Moor Trust
We are proud to work closely with the Box Moor Trust to support our Science Curriculum. Most classes across the school visit the Box Moor trust at least once per year to complement the Science topics that we teach. We link our Science learning to a full day of outdoor, active learning.
Year 1 learning about Marvellous Materials
Year 3 investigating rocks and soils