At Ellwood Community Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
  •  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;
  • Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
  • Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
  • Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
  • Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
Year 1 are planting runner beans!
Year 4 and 5 Science Day
Egg Drop STEM challenge 11.03.24
The children were given a challenge to create a container that will protect their egg when dropped from a measured height. Out of the 6 groups 4 eggs survived, 2 eggs cracked. The children had a lot of fun creating and testing their containers.
Science day!
This years theme was all about time!

This morning Mrs Aston shared some fantastic science experiments with us and in the afternoon we worked in our house teams to create either a rocket or space buggy. We then tested the rockets to see how long they stayed in the air for and how tested the space buggies to see which design was the fastest.

We also had a very special visitor, Charlotte, who explained that her job involves making human cells. The children asked some great questions.
Autumn Term 2023
This term year 2 are having a great time exploring habitats and microhabitats. We are very lucky to have lots of interesting places to explore in school.
Reception - June 2023
Our children have the opportunity to develop their own interests in 'learning through play' in our reception class. We made a fantastic space map independently. 
Year 1 have been busy planting vegetables, identifying wild and garden plants and identifying the different parts of a plant.  
Year 3 Autumn 2 2022
This term we explored light, we investigated sources of light, reflection, how shadows are made and change.
Year  3 Autumn Term
Year 3 took part in a live online planets workshop with RAL space. We learnt lots of interesting information about space exploration and even got to create our own planets.
Year 1 2022-2023 Spring 1
Year 1 have started their unit 'Animal including Humans'. We labelled our body parts.
Year 1 2022-2023
Autumn 2
Today we were scientists! We had the important job of making slime. We compared the two types of slime and discussed which one was better and why. There was great discussions between the children, “this one is too runny but I like the colour green”, “this one is better because it is soft and stretchy!”
Reception Autumn 1 2022
The children in reception have been exploring the natural world in their Forest Adventure sessions with Mrs Rees. 
They have been learning about the seasons, minibeasts and planting. 
Year 2 2022-2023
Year 2 carried our experiments to test the absorbency and waterproof properties of different materials. 
Year 1 2022-2023
This term we have been identifying everyday materials and liquids. We have explored the thickness of different liquids and used materials to protect an egg from cracking.
Year 1 have been busy planting runner beans and sun flowers this Summer term. We are recording our observations in our bean diaries and have been identifying parts of plants and discussing their functions. 
Year 1
Year 1 children have been busy sorting materials and looking at their properties.
Year 3 
In year 3 this term we have been learning about light and shadow. On a sunny day we enjoyed investigating how shadows are made and change.
Year 4
The children in year 4 have been learning about dangers to living things and food chains.
Year 3 Science Spring term
This term we have been learning about plants. We have developed our knowledge, learning about the parts of the plant, their function and what plants need.

Autumn 1 2023


In this unit, children will identify and name common types of materials including wood, metal, plastic, rubber, fur, wool, sponge, cotton wool, paper, card, brick, rock and some liquids.

We will label, collect and group together objects made from the same material. The children will state that different objects can be manufactured from the same materials. They will say why some materials are unsuitable for some objects.

Working scientifically, children will investigate which materials are suitable to protect an egg from falling. 

Year 5 Spring 1 2022 - 2023
This term the children described the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. They have described the movement of the Moon relative to Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and the Moon as approximately spherical bodies. The children used the idea of Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. They also had the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time.
 Year 5 Autumn 2022
The children in year 5 have been learning all about different types of materials. They have located different materials , looks at their properties, advantages and disadvantages of them, they have even linked materials into their Egyptian topic and built pyramids in the forest using found materials.
Year 4 2022 
Year 4 have had a fantastic time investigating solids, liquids and gases.
Year 3 2022-2023
During Autumn Term 1 the children in Year 3 have been investigating Rocks and Soil. They were very enthusiastic about the topic, enjoying discussing and investigating the properties of rocks, finding out about how fossils are made and much more!
 Science Week
We had great fun during science week last year! Can't wait for the next!
Cotswold Wildlife Park 
Years 1 -6 had a lovely time on our trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park. We really enjoyed our educational talks linked to different areas of the science curriculum