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Science

 

Hello! I am Miss Bridges and I am the science lead here at St Peter’s.

Science has relevance within our everyday lives and within the future. Science lessons encourage important skills such as problem-solving and perseverance and an interest in science can lead to many different career paths. I am very passionate about the delivery of the science curriculum at St. Peter's and proud of the many enrichment opportunities that are available for our pupils. 

What is the vision for our science curriculum?

Our key curriculum documents

Our science policy

Our whole school curriculum overview

Our whole school curriculum progression document

What does Science look like in our school?

Pupils develop their substantive and disciplinary knowledge through a progressive science curriculum. 

We deliver the National Curriculum for science through weekly science lessons. We also provide our pupils with a wide range of experiences to enrich our science curriculum. This includes a range of trips, workshops, visitors and forest school lessons that are linked to science. All classes from Reception to Year 6 also have the chance to attend at least one science-related after-school club within the academic year.

Below are just some examples of science at St. Peter's!

British Science Week 'Design a Lab-coat' competition, March 2024

STEM Ambassador workshop Year 2, March 2024

Our Year 2 class were very excited to be visited by an ecologist and learn more about this career path. They learnt about living things and their habitats, supporting their current unit in science. Miss Bridges loved hearing the children share interesting facts that the children had learnt from the session!

Key Stage 1 Science Club, Spring 2 2024

Year 1 and 2 have had the chance to attend a science club after school with Miss Bridges, taking part in a

range of exciting investigations. 

Year 5 visit Jodrell Bank, February 2024

Year 5 visited Jodrell Bank to support their current science unit 'Earth and Space'.

Year 3 used data loggers to investigate light, February 2024

Year 3 pupils used data loggers to investigate which materials reflect more light. They found that the mirror was the best at reflecting light. 

Year 6 Royal Society Book Club, February 2024

A group of Year 6 pupils have been meeting every two weeks to review 6 newly published science books and decide on their favourite. The book "Am I made of Stardust?" was their overall favourite, and they have submitted their decision alongside other primary schools across the country. The books and reviews are now available to read in the school library! Pupils said:

"I recommend the book club because it is fun to have different books every week and to vote with democracy. I recommend "Am I made of stardust?" because it is fun to read and has good pictures".

"I enjoyed the book club because it inspired me to read more and learn more about science".

 

Year 6 pupils investigate real fossils, January 2024

Year 6 have been investigating real fossils from Staffordshire as part of their 'Evolution and Inheritance' unit. They used research and close observation to develop their own ideas about the fossils and what information they provide.

"It was exciting to learn about animals and plants that lived millions of years ago".

Key Stage 2 pupils use scientific equipment to support enquiry skills, December 2023

Year 4 pupils used Working Scientifically skills to record temperatures using data loggers and thermometers, with their 'States of Matter' unit.

Year 6 pupils enjoyed using pulse meters to investigate how exercise affects our heart rate, within their 'Animals including Humans' unit.

"We have been learning about the heart and the body functions. We used a machine on our finger - a pulse meter. We ran on the spot for one minute, then we sat down and checked it again. We repeated our results to make them more accurate. We recorded our results on a bar chart". 

Year 5 pupils attend Keele Science Lecture, December 2023

Five science enthusiasts in Year 5 had the opportunity to attend a live-stream recording of the Royal Society Christmas Lectures within Keele Westminster Theatre. 

"I found out about how A.I. is used in games. They don't use A.I. to always win in games. They try to make it fair".

Year 5 attended a science taster session at Saint Margaret Ward, December 2023

The pupils enjoyed visiting the science lab at Saint Margaret Ward to take part in a science competition. In groups, pupils used a range of materials to create a parachute to protect an egg that was then dropped from a height. 

"We had a competition against the other primary schools. We used cotton to hold the eggs in place. We had a challenge to keep the egg safe and not crack it. The materials cost money. My group made a hot air balloon!". 

"It was nice to go because it was a big school and there was lots to do there. There were a lot of ideas and materials to choose from".

STEM club, Autumn 2 2023

Year 3 and 4 pupils have had the chance to attend a STEM club with Mr Ratcliffe this term. Miss Bridges went to take a sneaky peek one day after school and pupils were so excited to tell her what they had been up to!  

Pupils talked about a range of STEM competitions they had taken part in, including creating a boat that would float and withstand weight added to it!

Forest school links to science, Autumn term 2023

Here are some examples of how Forest School has enriched our science curriculum during the autumn term!

Year 1 made outdoor links to learning about the five senses.

Year 2 made shelters to support their learning about animal survival.

Year 3 made links to their learning about different rocks and soil and created their own fossil imprints, which were then added to the science area in their classroom.

Year 6 attended a science taster session at Saint Margaret Ward, September 2023

Year 6 pupils enjoyed having the opportunity to learn about Key Stage 3 science and explore new scientific equipment at Saint Margaret Ward.

EYFS have been learning about seasonal changes, October 2023

The children in Nursery and Reception have been learning about seasonal changes within autumn. Nursery explored seasonal changes within the school grounds and Reception walked to the local woodland. All children also took home a special autumn collection bag and checklist to look for autumn treasures.

"I saw some berries. I love the autumn because I like to pick up the leaves. I like the colour of the leaves. My favourite leaf is red".

"I went to the park and I see autumn leaves. I put them in my bag".

Year 3 Attend a British Ceramics Workshop to support their Cross Curricular Learning, September 2023

Year 3 have been learning about how their scientific knowledge of rocks and soils can be applied to the real world. They attended a British Ceramics Workshop at All Saints Church in Hanley where they discovered where clay comes from and had the chance to explore it in its natural form. They then used their Art and Design skills and created their own clay tiles with seeds in them!

St. Peter’s Science Physicist of the Year Awards, July 2023

Well done to our St. Peter's School Physicist of the Year who attended an online ceremony with Keele University for the effort and enthusiasm they have displayed towards science.

 

 

 

 

 

St. Peter’s take part in the Great Science Share, June 2023

We have had a fantastic day taking part in the Great Science Share. Here are some examples of what we got up to in school...

 

 

 

Year 5 and 6 visit Hanley Museum for an RAF Workshop, June 2023

Our Year 5 and 6 pupils have had an amazing day attending an RAF STEM workshop where they used a range of skills to take part in STEM-related challenges throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Severn Trent Water Assembly and Workshops, May 2023

Severn Trent visited our pupils to teach them about the journey of water.

EYFS Observe the lifecycle of a butterfly, May 2023

The children in Nursery and Reception classes have their own caterpillars to look after over the next few weeks. This will enable them to observe, over time, the different stages within the lifecycle of a butterfly.

Science Home Activity Bags, May 2023

Miss Bridges has really enjoyed receiving photographs of the children in Nursery and Reception classes using the mini beast searching equipment from the science bags at home!

   

Y2 Visit the Wolseley Education Centre, April 2023

Year 2 had the fantastic opportunity to visit the Wolseley Education Centre. The children had the chance to look for different habitats and explore the mini beasts that lived there!

Growing in EYFS, Summer 1 2023

The children in Nursery and Reception have been particularly busy in the garden area this term. The children in Nursery have been planting beans and their parents and carers were invited in to plant a bean that they could take and grow at home. The children have been taking good care of their plants at home and at school!

The children in Reception have also been busy learning about the lifecycle of a strawberry and have been planting strawberry plants.

The Nursery children enjoying planting different seeds and contributing to the growing area during their forest school session.

 

Y6 girls attend the ‘Women into Engineering’ event at the JCB Academy, April 2023

The Year 6 girls were invited to an exciting opportunity at the JCB Academy. They heard from female guest speakers who talked about their career within a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field. They then had a range of STEM challenges to complete as a team.

Y3 and Y4 STEM Club, Summer 1 2023

This term, Year 3 and Year 4 had the chance to attend a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) club with Miss Moore. Each week they will be faced with different challenges to try and solve using a range of skills! One of their challenges was to design and create a parachute that would successfully carry a small toy!

Reception and Y1 Understanding the World Club, Summer 1 2023

This half-term Reception and Year 1 have had the chance to attend an ‘understanding the world and science’ club with Miss Gut. Each week they will be completing a different challenge or experiment. For their first week, they explored whether different materials would float or sink and then created their own boats!

   

Y5 Visit Jodrell Bank, April 2023

The children in Year 5 visited Jodrell bank to support their Earth and Space unit of work in science.

Science Poster Competition, April 2023

The children could choose to take part in our British Science Week Poster Competition. We have had so many amazing posters created at home by our super scientists at St Peter’s!

 

We have created a new science display to celebrate our participation in British Science Week, that includes lots of fantastic posters made at home by the children. 

Y4 Collect Data using Data Loggers, March 2023

The pupils in Year 4 used data loggers to measure and record the different temperatures of liquids, during their states of matter unit. What super working scientifically skills!

British Science Week, March 2023

Pupils from Nursery to Year 6 enjoyed taking part in a drama-based science workshop for British Science Week. The theme this year was “Connections”, so each class learnt about an influential person within a science-related field and linked to their science curriculum, who had made connections which led to making a ground-breaking discovery! We hope that this fantastic day has inspired lots of our pupils to think about the connections that they can make as scientists!

 

Y6 visit Chester Zoo – February 2023

Year 6 pupils learnt about how different animals can be classified at Chester Zoo.

KS2 Science Book Club – January 2023

We are very lucky to have received six fantastic newly published children’s science books. We have decided to form a Year 6 book club, who will be meeting every two weeks to share their thoughts about the book that they have taken home. Once the pupils have read each book, they will then decide on their overall favourite.

RSPB Big Bird Watch – January 2023

The children in the nursery have been exploring the natural world during Forest School. They have created bird feeders to help to feed the birds during winter.

KS1 Science Club – Spring 1 2023

This term, pupils in Year 1 and 2 had the option of attending an after-school club with Miss Bridges for Science. They completed the ‘Grow a rainbow’ experiment, made rocket mice, a raft to save the Gingerbread man, created a magnet maze, shadow puppets and more!

Grow a Rainbow” experiment
Skittle Experiment
 
Making 'Rocket mice'
Magic flowers experiment
 
Making a raft for the Gingerbread man
Making a raft for the Gingerbread man
 

School Science Displays – October 2022

Have a look at the fantastic science areas and displays in our school!

Year 2
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6
Reception
Nursery
Year 1
Year 3