Tina Whittaker (NLE, PSQM Hub Leader, Science Across The City)
Keele Ogden Trust
Primary Science Capital Project (University of London, King’s College London, Ogden Trust and PSTT)
Dr Sarah Earl (National Lead for Teacher Assessment in Primary Science-TAPs -Bath Spa University)
Science At St Maria Goretti
At St Maria Goretti we understand that Science is part of everyday life for our children today and for their future career choices. Our vision is for pupils to work independently and collaboratively in the 5 enquiry types (research, observing over time, pattern seeking, fair and comparative test and identifying and classifying) to solve problems, investigate and ask and answer questions. Science lessons are interesting, engaging and develop both knowledge and skills through practical investigations. We are proud to be one of the few schools in Stoke –on Trent to have a science lab (Phiz Lab) but we also enjoy learning about our environment outside in our wonderful school garden, meadow and forest school area. We link science to other subjects in the curriculum where possible to ensure pupils develop a rich understanding of the world around them. Visits and workshops are regularly arranged to give all pupils first-hand experiences, embed learning and allows pupils to make connections between what they have learned in class and science in the real world.
Our Core Science Principles:
Our core science principles were developed and agreed by pupils and staff. They show the way we feel Science should be taught across our school.
We believe science is good when….
- Pupils lead their learning
- Pupils ask questions
- Pupils investigate and use enquiry skills to solve problems
- Science lessons use our environment
- Science links to real life and STEM careers
Throughout the year all pupils will have an opportunity to access an extra- curricular science club. This year Y5 and 6 Science club was kindly supported by Science Teachers from St Thomas More Catholic Academy as well as Mrs Woodward and Mr Calvert. This provides our pupils with outstanding opportunities to learn from high school science teacher. We had some fantastic investigations such as: Coffee Fossils and Lava Lamps.
Y3 and 4 STEM club are joining a competition against the other schools in the Ogden Trust Partnership to make a marble run that lasts the longest time.
Through our links with local and national businesses, we are able to provide our pupils with a range of opportunities to engage with industry professionals throughout our careers curriculum. This includes visits such as: Chester Zoo; St Thomas More, Animal Farm; hedgehog rescue; Health Visitors; NHS workers and Paramedics; The Rotary Club; garden and planting workshop and a trip to the Roaches.
Science can lead to a wide range of careers. Such as:
- Astronaut/ astronomer (study or conduct experiments about space and the universe)
- Biologist (study living things and plants)
- Animal technician/vet/ rescue worker
- Acoustic consultant (manages noise and sound)
- Biochemist (investigating viruses and bacteria)
- Chemical Engineer (turns raw materials into everyday objects)
- Climate Scientist( study the influences on Earth’s climate and how it’s changing)
- Electronics Engineer (design and develop systems such as mobile technology and aerospace.)
Watch Me Learn sessions provide opportunities for parents to become involved in their child’s science learning. This may be through a cross-curricular approach where parents are able to observe the ways in which pupils utilise science skills and enquiry in other areas of the curriculum, discrete science lessons or careers sessions which makes links to science skills used in a wide range of jobs.
As part of the Primary Science Capital Project KS1 have been finding science at home and bringing it into school, taking a photograph or drawing in Learning Log Books.
Here are some examples of parent engagement:
During our STEM and Careers events, there are also often opportunities for parents to join in with our learning and even volunteer to share their careers to inspire our children as the workforce of the future!
Please find below a range of Science resources that will allow your child to continue their learning at home.
- Live animals webcams
- ExploreAmerican National Parks
- Visit the online collection from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- Virtual Chester Zoo https://www.chesterzoo.org/virtual-zoo-2/
Children’s Activity Corner
- Dr Chips: 'Daily' doses of science, engineering and computing activities to try at home
- Let's Go Live with Maddie and Greg: live lessons on a variety of science topics
- Glasgow Science Centre: bringing a bit of science into your home every day at 10am
- Science Museum: learning resources
- STEM Learning: activities to do at home
- IOP Moon Adventure: What's it like to be an astronaut? Where did the Moon come from? What's the future of humans in space?
- Science Sparks: experiments for children
- Cracking ideas: teaching and learning resources
- NASA Kids' Club
- ASE: special coronavirus resources portal
- Dr Jo Science Solutions
- Science Talk: help children (EYFS) develop their own scientific ideas with Science Talk from The Ogden Trust
- BBC Bitesize: daily lessons
- IOP Marvin and Milo: activities to try at home
- ExpeRimental: a series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children
- Wow Science: searching out the best primary activities
- CREST At Home Challenge: challenges and project ideas to do at home
- Whizz Pop Bang: free science activities for home learning
- Resources from The Ogden Trust: curriculum resources for teaching, learning and working scientifically, as well as How to guides to help you encourage and develop physics at your school
- NASA Kids' Club
- Jodrell Bank: science learning at home
- BBC Stargazing live: activity pack
In school we use a Plan, Do, Review format of breaking up an investigation into smaller parts.