Hello, I am Mrs Udall and I am the Science lead here at St Peter’s. I have always been interested in Science and it was definitely my favourite subject when I was at school. I am fascinated by how things work and and how Science helps us to understand the world around us. There are so many amazing careers that use Science skills, so it is a very important subject for your future.
Why Science is such an important subject:
- Science helps children develop key skills in life, including an ability to communicate, remain organised and focused, and even form their own opinions based on observation. Science also helps children develop their senses and overall awareness.
- Children are hands-on learners, and the world around them provides so many natural opportunities. There are many occasions in Science to take part in experiments and get involved in investigations, as well as get messy sometimes!
- Children are primed for learning, and what they learn while they’re young can impact their interests later in life. Studies have shown that students begin to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) during their primary school years. Having an interest and knowledge in these subject areas provides future career opportunities.
(Taken from www.learningliftoff.com)
British Science Week, March 2022.
This year the theme of British Science week was ‘Growth’ so we decided to have a whole school investigation/competition to see which class can grow the tallest sunflower. All classes thought about the needs of plants and decided how they were going to look after it in the classroom. Key stage 2 are plotting the growth of the sunflower on a graph and ensuring the plant has the right nutrients, light and water. We will all be observing over time to see the sunflowers grow and flower. Who will win? We will keep you updated with the sunflowers’ growth over the next few weeks!
Year 5 visit to the National Space Centre, Leicester. March 2022
Year 5 visited the Space Centre to support their Science topic, Earth and Space and their English writing lessons about Tim Peake. They really enjoyed the day and had sessions in the Planetarium and hub learning zone, finding out all about astronauts and the Earth, sun and moon. They had a brilliant day and were able to go back to school and use their new knowledge in their lessons. Well done, Year 5!
STEM Club – Spring 2022
Our after school club where children have been investigating chemical reactions, making anemometers, using microscopes and much more. They have had so much fun every week!
The Big Garden Birdwatch – January 2022
Our EYFS children have investigated how to make bird feeders so that they could attract lots of them so that they could count them to take part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. The children have really enjoyed observing the different types of birds that came to their feeders as well spotting those that fly around our playgrounds.
The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize – January 2022
We have been running a regular Science Book Club where children have been asked to read some wonderful, newly published Science books and judge them based on how interesting, engaging and informative they are. The children involved have been extremely dedicated to their judging task, taking books home and filling in review forms about them. They have spoken articulately about the pros and cons to each book and we have made a unanimous decision about which book deserves to be the winner and why. We have submitted our results to The Royal Society and we are now waiting to find out if the book we chose will be the overall winner from all of the judges involved in other schools nation wide.
Stem Ambassador visit – Year 1
We have been really lucky to welcome a Stem Ambassador into school to do a hands on workshop with Year 1 all about their Animals including humans topic. The children got to hold snakes and discuss what type of animal they are and how we know. What a great opportunity for Year 1!
World Space Week 2021
World Space Week 4th-10th October.
All classes will be finding out about inspiring women with this year’s theme ‘Women in Space’ and investigating why space exploration is so important for us. We are also running an in school art competition for children to take part in, where they will create a space piece of artwork captivating this year’s theme and showing off their creativity!
We are so proud to announce the winners of our World Space Week competition, it was a very tough decision just choosing six, as we had so many fantastic entries, but our winners really stood out with their representations of the theme ‘Women in Space’.
Year 5’s World Space Week visit from Dr Jamie Pringle – 4th October
We have been really lucky to have a visit from Senior Lecturer in Geosciences at Keele Univeristy, Dr Jamie Pringle. We used playdough to make a model of the solar system out on our playground, we tried to make the planets to scale, weighing out the playdough and placing them along in order from the sun.
Jamie also helped us to make our very own matchstick rockets using tinfoil and skewers. We then tested them to see how far we could launch them from the classroom door. We had some very successful launches and some not so successful! The children are all keen to try them again and are going to attempt to make them at home!
World Space Week Art Competition
We are so proud of all of the children who have produced some fantastic pieces of art for our competition. It is going to be a very difficult decision to choose some winners. Miss Frodsham and Mrs Udall will be discussing it and we will let you know the winners as soon as we can! Here are some of the entries we have had so far:
Science Pupil of the Year 2021
We are so proud of Usman in Year 6 for winning the Science Pupils of the Year award for his outstanding work in all of his science lessons. He asks fantastic questions that he is able to answer using his science knowledge of setting up experiments, making sure he can complete fair tests and understands how variables affect his outcomes. Usman and his family attended an online celebration ceremony where his achievements were recognised in front of a large audience, including leaders and lectures of science from Keele University. A fantastic achievement Usman, well done!
The Great Science Share 15th June 2021
The whole school have loved taking part in the Great Science Share with the theme ‘Climate Emergency’. Every class has explored things like litter and pollution, global warming and ice caps melting. They have questioned and investigated why these things are a problem and how we can help to stop them.
Year 5 even had the chance to ask Professor Brian Cox a question about what we can do now to make a difference to climate change and had a panel of experts answer this question. The video was streamed live on the day of the Great Science Share and can still be watched using this link https://www.greatscienceshare.org/great-science-share-for-schools-day-2021
See our Twitter posts for more about what we got up to during the Great Science Share @StPetersNewman
We can definitely say we had a fantastic day learning about how we can make a difference to our climate for the future!
How we teach Science at St Peter’s
At St Peter’s we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. The staff at St Peter’s ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.
We have set up our very own Eco Committee!
We offer children the opportunity of being part of our Eco committee. Our Eco committee are dedicated to helping to preserve our planet and all living things on our planet.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
Science is taught consistently, once a week for up to two hours, but is discretely taught in many different contexts throughout all areas of the curriculum. For example, through English, i.e. writing a persuasive piece of writing encouraging people to help in conservation, etc.
Invention competition – May 2021
During British Science Week the children were set a competition to become an innovator and design an invention. They could design anything they wanted and it had to be presented as either a poster or a model. We had so many wonderfully creative ideas that we have filled a display board with all of the children’s designs. It was a really hard decision to choose winners but four inventions stood out the most. They are Noa – Year 3, Maryam – Year 5, Elisha – year 6 and Maymunah – Year 6. They have won an experiment kit prize to take home.
Solar System Models
During lockdown, February 2021, when children were being taught remotely, children engaged in Science well and even carried out some simple experiments using equipment they could find at home. As a cross curricular project Year 5 children were set the tasks to make a Solar System model as part of their Earth and Space unit. We are so impressed with the designs that the children came up with and we are so happy that the models have been bought into school and put on display.
British Science Week 2021
Children had the chance to design and make a PotterBot doodle robot. Children had to think about the types of materials they could use, thinking of sustainability and recycled materials, then they designed a robot, tested it and had to think scientifically about how to make improvements to it. Children even thought about how an algorithm could be written to make the robot follow a set of instructions, incorporating Computing and Maths skills.
British Science Week 2019
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
We take part in extra curricular trips around our science topics like trips to the zoo learning about animal conservationists and going to the museum to become archaeologists!
Websites to learn more about Science at home:
These educational science-centred websites below provide a wide variety of hands-on activities, interactive games, quizzes, virtual experiments, and several other materials to engage young minds in immersive learning experiences covering various science topics and phenomena. Using a mixture of science knowledge and technology, kids will get to explore the world of science in fun and engaging ways.
1- NASA Kids’ Club
NASA Kids’ Club provides a lots of space focused games, videos, images and activities to introduce and help kids learn about the world of space.
2- BrianPOP Science
BrainPOP offers educational animated videos and lessons covering different science topics. Each featured science topic comes with illustrative videos, quizzes, and accompanying activities.
3- Discovery Kids
Another excellent source of educational video content to help kids learn about different science topics. The site also provides interactive games and links to mobile science apps for kids.
4- Science Kids
As its name indicates, Science for Kids is a website that features a treasure trove of educational science materials. These include online games, experiments, lesson plans, quizzes, science projects, free activities and many more.
5- National Geographic Kids
Nat Geo Kids enables science lovers to explore the world of science through a collection of apps, games, magazines, toys, videos, and many other materials.