Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge (Carl Sagan)
As a child, I spent a great deal of time at Dinton Pastures accompanying my birdwatching Dad and observing the seasons changing around me. That instilled in me a love of nature and biology sciences. Later on, I studied Psychology at university which had a great focus on using investigations to find an answer to scientific questions.
Our children are naturally curious and wonder how the world works. They notice details and make links between ideas. They are motivated to find things out and ask questions. All of these make children natural scientists.
Science has led us to finding out things that give us what we have today. Without science, we would be living in a very different way. Science has led to the discovery of electricity which not only means computer games, phones and tablets but also fridges and freezers to keep food fresh, medicines to keep diseases at bay - it has even given us the tools to travel into space. But Science is not just about technology and inventions, it helps us to understand the world around us.
Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity (Tim Minchin)
At Winnersh Primary School, we harness this curiosity and wonder when teaching Science. Children study aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics that are linked to each term’s topic, learning about how to work scientifically.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Science is a specific area, covered under 'Understanding the World’. Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum and we report children’s levels of attainment at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Miss Lynsey Johns
Further Reading for Parents
An overview of the Science Curriculum: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/school-year/subject-guides/science-at-primary-school/
Useful Links for Children and Parents
Key Stage 1 Science guides and clips https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z6svr82
Key Stage 2 Science guides and clips https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q
National Geographic for Kids https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/
NASA Kids https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
Games and Apps
The Children’s University of Manchester http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/learning-activities/science/
The Science Museum https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/games-and-apps
Ideas for Investigations – ask an adult’s permission or for guidance!
Fun Science activities – Oxford Owl https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/science-for-fun-six-super-science-activities-to-try-at-home/
Science Sparks investigations https://www.science-sparks.com/science-experiments-for-kids/More fun investigations https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/