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Curriculum: Science

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How do we teach Science at Red Oaks Primary School?

Science Fair: May 2023
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SF Winners' Trip: July 2022
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Science Fair: May 2022
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Science Week: May 2022
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Science School Map

Science is an essential part of school life as it teaches children to ask the question 'why?' Practical activities are a great way of exploring the subject and ensure that the children have a great experience which will be memorable and interesting. Children learn to observe, pattern seek, classify, research and use a range of resources through engaging investigation where lessons are taught with a real life context and cross-curricular links in mind.

At Red Oaks we follow a child led 'hands on' approach to science. The children begin units with exploratory lessons, where they spend time with resources linked to the unit. This allows the children time to explore and to raise their own questions for what they would like to investigate. Our intent is for children to show progression and depth of understanding through engaging investigative learning.

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An afternoon a week is dedicated to teaching science from year 1 to year 6. EYFS early learning goals and the Characteristics of effective learning (which begins to lay the foundation for questioning and noticing skills) is used for the children at the foundation stage. The curriculum is carefully implemented to avoid repetition, but focus on building upon prior knowledge and guiding children to make links to extend their breadth of understanding. In Key Stage One, teachers use Hamilton Trust to support learning and in Key Stage Two, we use Tig Tag for our theory based lessons, to inform subject knowledge. This website has a wealth of useful resources including engaging videos with subtitles to ensure inclusion for our deaf children.

At Red Oaks we have our pond, wooded area and garden for planting. These areas are used by all year groups for outside learning and making links with our biology units. We hold a whole school science day or week during the year, where the children come together to work on a shared problem linked to a particular discipline of science. An annual science fair is held in the summer term for all children in Key Stage two to demonstrate their science ability. Winners of the fair enjoy an extra-curricular science themed trip.

The impact of our approach to science at Red Oaks means we nurture our children’s natural curiosity and inquisitiveness to instil in them all the ability to become Scientists.

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We have some scientists to help us with our learning.
Please email the scientists if you have any questions about science, remember to send the question to the correct scientist.
Click on their links for more and/or visit their website

Works at the Imperial College London where she teaches Physics. She won the Hugh’s Medal for her work in magnetism in 2017
Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its motion and behaviour through space and time, and how it relates to energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves.

  • Weather and seasons
  • Light
  • Forces
  • Magnets
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • Earth and Space
You can contact Professor Nobelle Boomrocket on her email if you have any questions about Physics and she will try and help you.

Usually lectures at Oxford University however he is travelling the world looking for new species. He is currently in the Galapagos islands researching The Giant Tortoise, which is at present on the endangered species list.
Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their physical structure, development and evolution.

  • Animals and their habitats
  • Humans
    • Skeletons
    • Teeth
    • Digestion
    • Reproduction
    • Circulatory system
  • Plants
  • Micro organisms
  • Evolution and inheritance
You can contact Professor Bumbebunce on his email if you have any questions about Biology and he will try and help you.

Lectures at the University of Vienna but spends much of his time on geological dig. At the moment he is in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA. Looking at the rock formations.
Chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with elements and compounds composed of atoms, molecules and ions. It involves their properties and how they behave and change.

  • Materials
  • Rocks
  • State of matter
You can contact Professor Von Strudel-Hammer on his email if you have any questions about Chemistry and he will try and help you.

Schemes of Work

Hamilton Trust science

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