Science at SMC
Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way that they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national and global level. Science is a core and valued subject in our school. The children ask lots of questions and answer them through research and investigations. They are challenged and have a real love of the subject.
Our objectives in the teaching of science are for all our children:
to ask and answer scientific questions;
to plan and carry out scientific investigations, with the correct use of equipment
to know about life processes;
to know about materials, electricity, light, sound, and natural forces;
to know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth;
to know how to evaluate evidence, and to present conclusions both clearly and accurately.
Science curriculum planning
Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum, and we use the new 2014 National Curriculum planning document as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements of the programme of study for Science. This has been adapted to the local circumstances of the school in that we make use of the local environment in our fieldwork.
Click here to view The National Curriculum programme of study for Science.
All classes have done lots of practical science as well as research. We love Science at SMC! Take a look at what we have been up to.
We are also part of the Ogden Trust and this year have taken part in three events.
Year 1 took part in ‘Science Olympics’ investigating making a boat to hold as many marbles as possible, making the tallest tower out of cocktail sticks and midget gems and making a rocket.
Year 4 investigated Forces and shared what they had learned to the different schools in the hub we belong to in an afterschool event.
The year 5’s investigated The Titanic and what caused it to sink. They made different sized and shape propellers to see how they affected the speed of a boat.
The children in nursery identified and investigated different types of leaves during Science week. They presented their findings to the whole school.