Our Learning – Science

Our Learning – Science

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Miss Worrall – Science Lead

Curriculum

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

Pupil Voice

November 2019

 

What do you like about science?

 

  • “You learn something new every time you do a science lesson.” (Josh- Year 6)
  • “When you do science activities it feels magical.” (Teal -Year 2)
  • “You get to try new things.” (Callum – Year 4)

 

What’s been your favourite part of science so far this year?

 

  • “Learning about Isaac Newton.” (Jayla – Year 1)
  • “Seeing how fast cars go on different materials.” (Adam – Year 1)
  • “The tomato challenge.” (Hannah – Year 4)

 

 

What would you like to do more of?

 

  • “Different topics.” (Tristan – Year 3)
  • “Just morescience!” (Hannah – Year 4)
  • “Exploring in science lessons.” (Maceij – Year 2)
  • “Learning about the jungle.” (Ilah – 4+)

 

Thank you to all those children who took part in this pupil voice activity. Your participation and responses were fantastic! The comments will help your teachers to understand your opinions about Science in our school and your suggestions will be acknowledged and addressed.

 

Primary Science Quality Mark

In September 2017 we achieved PSQM Silver award.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation, while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education. As our PSQM award has now expired, we are currently going through the reaccreditation process to continue focusing on improving science teaching and learning at Ardley Hill Academy.

 

Class Trees

In 2014, each class planted their own tree in the School grounds. Since then the children regularly visit their class tree to observe seasonal changes, identify and compare the trees. Some classes make sketches of their trees, write poems about them and even measure the trees to create graphs.

 

 

 

 

 

Caring for the Environment

 

At Ardley Hill we pride ourselves in developing responsible, well-rounded children who care for the environment. Each class takes it in turns to be eco-warriors for a week. This involves clearing the school grounds of rubbish and putting it in the correct bins. We also have solar panels to generate enough electricity to power our building and we take recycling seriously.

 

 

 

 

Events

 

World Space Week 2019

World Space Week takes place between 4th and 10th October and the theme in 2019 was: ‘The Moon- Gateway to the Stars’. Classes throughout the school spent some time learning about the moon and taking part in activities linked to this theme. Have a look at what they got up to…

 

 

 

World Space Week 2020

The theme this year was: ‘Satellites improve life’. Children throughout the school learned about what a satellite is and why they are important for life on Earth. We also learnt that some planets are satellites themselves!

 

 

 

Science Week and Science Fair

 

At Ardley Hill, we take part in British Science week each year during March, which ends with our Science Fair. During the week the children are given numerous opportunities to develop their scientific knowledge and skills. The extremely successful Science Fair is held at the end of the week and is where parents and friends are invited into school to see what the children have been learning in science that week. The children thoroughly enjoy sharing their learning and work with parents and friends.

 

Science Week 2019

 

In 2019 the theme for science week was ‘Our Diverse Planet’ so we focused on Endangered Animals at Ardley Hill. Each class was given a different endangered animal to focus on during the week and we shared our learning with our families at the end of the week with our science fair. We also hosted our traditional ‘cake competition’ with the theme of ‘endangered animals’. Well done to the three winners and thank you to everyone who took part, we raised a fantastic total of £140.80 on the cake sale, which has been donated to the WWF.

 

 

Polar Explorer Programme 2018-2019

During 2018-2019 we took part in the Polar Explorer Programme. The Year 3 children were trained to then pass their knowledge onto Year 1. We gained the support of a Polar Ambassador, a specially selected STEM professional, who helped to enrich the teaching of STEM subjects in our school.

In 2014, the Government announced a £200 million investment for a new polar research ship. The RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic for the next 25 years. Fully equipped with the latest instrumentation for carrying out research, this vessel will have improved ice-strengthened capability and greater endurance over existing polar research vessels. This will enable scientists and technicians to stay at sea for longer and study the polar environments during the Antarctic and Arctic summer months.

A state-of-the-art robotic subsea vehicle, Boaty McBoatface, will be on board RRS Sir David Attenborough and will allow scientists to gather data remotely from places where humans are unable to go. With funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) we are using the build, launch and operation of RRS Sir David Attenborough to bring an exciting new context to the teaching of STEM subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Request from Us…

 

Do you work in the world of Science? Do you work in the medical field, a laboratory of pharmacy? Do you volunteer at a local protected nature reserve? Are you a geologist, palaeontologist or engineer?

 

If so, we would love to hear from you! Come and talk to the children about your rewarding career. How did you get there? What are the tricky bits? What do you love the most?

We are keen to inspire our pupils to pursue further science education. Come and help us plant that little seed!

 

Please contact the office, and we will be in touch!