"Our aim at Highfield is to build scientific confidence that will last a lifetime!"
The Great Science Share 2020 is here!
IT'S HERE AGAIN:
The Great Science Share June 16th 2020:
The Big Science Home School Playground Draw
This is an opportunity to think about science, talk about science, share some science.
This annual event will be celebrated a little differently this year by taking place both at home and school. All pupils from Nursery to Year 6 will go outside to draw and talk about their ideas to celebrate their learning in Science over the year. We are sure children will work enthusiastically to share their knowledge through their diagrams and models.
The event encourages revision and fresh discussion on topics already covered and secures deeper understandings as they try to explain to each other and you.
This year we want to encourage more family participation so we invite you to join in with your science doodles too! We can't wait to see what this collaboration will bring.
Here is a link for the schedule for the day if you want even more science fun.
Follow this link for more ideas for the day if you and your family love science.
LOOK AT WHAT WE GOT UP TO.
We’ve had oodles of fun celebrating ‘The Great Science Share for Schools with our Big Science Home and School Playground Draw. I’ve loved looking at the photos that you’ve been sending in to show what you did as part of your contribution. Have a look at below to see a selection, I’ve also included mine from home too. Please feel free to keep sending in more photos!
Highfield is a Primary Science Silver Quality Mark School!
Primary Science Quality Mark Awards are awarded to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.
The PSQM 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.
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
Highfield Science Week 15th to 19th March 2021
The focus this year is on INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE and smashing stereotypes about what 'a scientist is'.
During science week each class will be taking part in various active STEM investigations’, there’s something for everyone. Each class will use their own ideas with children planning and carrying out their own investigations.
Other Activities and Opportunities:
A Science Quiz for upper KS2- an inter class event via zoom this year- Friday Lunchtime 12.35pm to find who will be crowned Highfield Science Superstars 2021?
Last year the much coveted trophy was won by class 8 after a very close competition between all 3 upper KS2 classes. Well done to all children who took part, you showed great team spirit as well as science knowledge.
Highfield Science Week Competition- Think of your own Science Question and investigate it:
The possibilities are limitless- Do all balls float? Why is the sky blue? Does fruit float? Why do things fall down? Does water temperature affect how things dissolve? Does salt affect the freezing temperature of water?
You can show your findings in many ways- poetry, story, report, art work, music, video or posters.
All children from Nursery to Year 6 can take part in the Science week investigation competition. Entries will be judged on 30th March with presentations taking place in class celebration assemblies after Easter.
Science Week is a great opportunity for science to take centre stage and for the children to get involved, and really embrace how exciting science can be. The ‘hands on experiences’ help to further raise the profile of science within our school as well as being great fun.
Fun Family Science:If you’re looking for activities you can run at home, check out our Fun, Family Science packs created in partnership with Eurotunnel! Go on the website and download. https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/
IBelow are some websites with fun science ideas to try during your time learning at home. Explore and have some fun!
- Science Sparks uploads awesome stuff, including the series ‘Science Tray A Day’. She’ll put a photo up in the morning of a few things you might need in a tray and you can replicate the task at home.
- STEM Learning has put a huge bank of stuff into its ‘Home Learning Primary’ section. You can also find their resources on social media using the hashtag #Sciencefromhome.
- Professor Brainstorm fun home investigations This page contains some experiments that you can do at home whilst the schools are closed. You won’t need any special equipment - just yogurt pots, Pringles tubes and other bits and pieces that you can probably find easily at home.
- Science Show Kids Lots of interesting videos an a variety of science topics with ideas and facts for 7 to 11 year olds.
- Science Max A great website for Upper KS2. It's fun, it's science on a large scale! To inspire our older scientists in school - videos to watch with some super science ideas to try out at home.
- The Great Bug Hunt is normally a school competition, but it’s been opened it up for parents and guardians to enter children’s work from home. It would involve looking around your garden, identifying species, recording them and uploading what you’ve found.
- The Great Science Share for Schools. This is an annual campaign that schools normally enter, but now parents can enter on behalf of kids, too. The whole point is that children can enter the science work they’ve done (like the experiments listed above) by sharing evidence like a photo, poster or video.
- The Astro Science Challenge is a seven-week long science space adventure that will launch on 27 April. Astronaut Tim Peake is the patron and there will be loads of cool stuff to do through the app as well as three challenges per week.
Involve me and I will understand!
Science at Highfield
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation and using and applying process skills.
- To build a science curriculum which develops learning and results in the aquisition of both knowledge and vocabulary.
- To enable children to become enquiry based learners through our science curriculum.
- To build on children's current knowledge and scientific skills.
- To facilitate a love
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key fundamental knowledge and concepts our pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. While it is important that pupils make progress, it is also vitally important that they develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage.
Implementation of science in school:
Strategies are in place within school to develop each of the key areas of science, ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum 2014 and systematic coverage of key skill.
- At Highfield we encourage the development of positive attitudes to science.
- Through clear and accurate explanations and skilful questioning teachers help children to develop and extend scientific concepts of their world, and encourage them to ask deeper questions about the world around them
- Teaching and learning plans for practical investigations within science lessons termly, with teachers provide guidance whilst supporting and giving children the freedom to explore as independently as possible to encourage independent thinking.
- Children build on prior knowledge (Assessment for learning opportunities at the beginning of a unit) and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.
- Children are encouraged to make strong, purposeful links between science and other subjects. Using ICT in a meaningful way to extend their learning (Data Loggers, video, photography, microscopes and iPads).
- Using enquiry based learning opportunities teachers help develop children's use of scientific language, recording types and techniques.
- In KS1 and KS2 a minimum of 50% of science lessons include practical scientific investigation. In the Early Years children are taught the required science elements of the foundation stage document through active learning opportunities in cross curricular themes.
Carefully planned lessons help our children to develop the following skills of investigation – observation, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating and interpreting.
Children's work is marked in line with our marking policy.
An Overview of themes taught through school:
Themes are taught on a two year rolling programme. Sometimes units are moved around within the year but not from one year cycle to the other
EYFS - are on cycle A
KS1 and Lower and Upper KS2 are on cycle B
I Wonder if..........
Everyone is a scientist and you're never to young to share your ideas. In nursery we do lot's of wondering about things we see around us: Such as why do things fall down, or what will we find as we walk around our Nursery garden? Have a look at some of the photos below, can you guess what we were investigating?
We will continue to focus on Engineering in ‘Cool Science’ Club opening children eyes to the what being 'an engineer' means with projects such as paper towers and marble runs.
Most of all we aim to have FUN!!!
In the autumn and spring terms the club is open to Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 respectively. In the summer term the club will be open to KS1 pupils assisted by our Cool Science Assistants from Upper KS2.
We aim to nurture an inquisitive mind through a range of hands-on experiments and creative activities. The club offers an exciting way to explore a range of science topics and help pupils relate scientific ideas to real world examples.
Lots of things we make and do can be taken home for more enjoyment.
Ms Priestman & Ms Plant (Club Leaders)
Websites for science investigation ideas at home:
THE MICRO WORLD AROUND US
Microscope Loan Scheme to Schools
Summer 2020: We were eagerly awaiting the loan of a class set of microscopes again from the RMS this term. However this has been postponed due to the present covid-19 situation and health and safety sharing equipment. Our children will not miss out on this opportunity to explore the 'micro' world around them. We are waiting on a new date being given and will let you know. Watch this space.
Children are able to use Easiscopes to observe mini beasts, plants, rocks and different materials in the world around them. They were amazed at what they saw and all the detail. Easiscopes are definitely a hit in KS1 and Early Years.