At Aldbury, our vision for Science is
To support the teaching of Science knowledge and skills, we use the Herts for Learning assessment materials. Children are assessed in two areas: working scientifically skills and unit knowledge. We use working scientifically wheels and enquiry wheels to support the development of working scientifically skills, such as drawing conclusions, drawing tables and finding patterns. The key purpose of these materials is to support pupils in developing their general knowledge, curiosity and skills that can be taken into the wider world. Children in our school are passionate about the environment and, because of this, children have the opportunity to guide their own learning through a child-led environmental topic.
Working Scientifically wheels
With the voices of teachers, children, parents and governors, we created our key principles below that help to shape our science learning.
We feel that it is important for children to have opportunities to further develop their scientific knowledge and skills outside of the classroom and encourage this through sending home fun, interactive Science home-learning. See here for a help sheet for carrying out investigations at home: Science Home-learning Help Sheet.
Every year, we run a themed Science Week, where children have further opportunities to explore Science and experience awe and wonder. We participate in national STEM competitions, carry out whole-school investigations, have workshops and run a parent exhibition.
The start of a new year - a message from Miss Sear (03/09/2020)
I think it is safe to say that the last few months have been far from ‘normal’ or what any of us expected this year. All the children worked so hard at home with their home-learning and it was fantastic to see such high levels of engagement and enjoyment from those of you who completed the weekly Science challenges (or just some Science learning of your own!). It was so fantastic to see the hard work you put into making Rube Goldberg machines, protecting eggs from falls and using items from the natural environment to create wind-chimes.
Although unexpected, and I’m sure very challenging at times, home-learning clearly provided the children with plenty of opportunities to apply their learning from school. I saw so many children applying their working scientifically skills (such as measuring, recording results, making predictions, choosing how to approach an investigation and writing conclusions).
Science home-learning this year
This year, much like recent previous years, your child will receive termly Science homework to complete. You will be asked to carry out an investigation with your child(ren) and produce a piece of work from it. Although the investigations will be the same for the whole school, each teacher may set a different focus for your child when completing their piece of work (such as writing a conclusion or choosing how to record their results).
How can I help my child with their Science home-learning?
By doing it with them and talking through it together!
You will also receive a document with the working scientifically wheels to show you the skills that your child will be working on in Science lessons. It would be handy to have this document out when you are completing Science homework and refer to the skills they are using. To get the most out of their homework, the document also includes question ideas for you to ask your child during the experiment and sentence starters to help the children generate their own questions from what they have done.
It is always so great to see what Science learning you get up to at home! Keep up the hard work, Scientists! I can't wait to come and see all of your Science learning once the baby is born!
A message from Miss Sear (19/03/2020)
Firstly, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the parents who took the time to complete the science parent questionnaire a few weeks ago. It has been very helpful to get your feedback on the subject. I have collated all the responses and have created a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on the science section of the website. (Key information – Curriculum – Science). It was great to see that all the children enjoy science and that you view it as an important subject.
Science Week - parent talks
Secondly, thank you to the parents who took the time to come and deliver a talk to the children during Science Week; the children were so enthused by their sessions and learnt a lot! For those of you who weren't aware, each class had a parent visitor, who held a small talk/workshop, mostly linked to science in their jobs.
Science Week activities
The children took part in a wide variety of activities throughout the week: a whole school investigation about floating and sinking foods, a national STEM competition (making a tree from paper with no glue or tape), planning and running their own investigations and many more!
Whole school investigation - Do the properties of fruits and vegetables affect whether they sink or float?
National competition - STEM challenge: the winners from each class
House group activities
Forensic Science Workshop
Science Week - parent exhibition
Finally, thank you to those parents who came to our parent assembly and exhibition at the end of Science Week – the children love sharing their work with you and it was great to see the hall so full of parents! Again, the positive feedback from both parents and children on the ‘Praise Postcards’ was overwhelming. Here are a few of the comments we received: