What is Science?
The word ‘science’ is derived from the Latin word scire, which means ‘to know’ - and is how we develop our knowledge and understanding of the world around us. Science is everywhere; from the biology of growing the food we eat, the chemistry of how ingredients can combine and the physics of creating the heat and electricity used to cook it. It is in the clothes that we wear and the transport that we use to get to school.
At Ellwood, the focus of teaching science in key stage 1 enable children to experience and observe the natural and man-made world around them. Children are encouraged to ask questions about what they see to further develop their knowledge and understanding. Children will study seasonal change, observing the weather in different seasons and doing scavenger hunts. They will learn about animals, including humans, plants and everyday materials. Children will use simple equipment to make observations and perform simple tests, they will begin to gather and record data to help them answer questions, they will identify and classify a range of different things and will use ICT to carry out research using secondary sources.
In key stage 2 children will further develop their knowledge and understanding by using a variety of scientific enquiries to answer questions. They will plan and perform experiments and fair tests, taking measurements, recording findings in drawings, diagrams, tables and graphs, before using their results to write simple conclusions which they can present in both written and oral forms. They will continue to build on their knowledge from key stage 1 learning about plants, animals, rocks, light, forces, sound, electricity, properties and changes of materials, Earth and space.
This week the children all enjoyed a visit from seven birds, including owls, hawks and falcons, from the Welsh Birds of Prey Centre. The birds have all been bred in captivity and were displayed to the children in a traditional falconry style rather than being in cages. The children learnt all about the birds' diets and some of the them were lucky enough to handle the birds.
Our year 1 pupils have been looking at seasonal change throughout the academic year. So far we have done an autumn scavenger hunt, we have made rain gauges which we have monitored over time, we planted some bulbs, enjoyed getting out in the snow, and have recently done a spring scavenger hunt which we will repeat after Easter.
We have also learnt about animals, and have used the iPads to do some research into what makes an animal a mammal, a reptile, a fish, an insect, a bird or an amphibian. We have also classified animals as carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.
We are beginning to investigate everyday materials and have done a material hunt around the school.