In November 2019 Hillcross Primary were delighted to receive the Primary Science Quality Mark. The Mark represents the excellent Science teaching and learning that takes place at Hillcross.
At Hillcross the focus for Science teaching is on the children building up a body of knowledge and concepts, through which they are encouraged to recognise rational explanations and develop a sense of awe and wonder about natural phenomena. Children are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
Aims of the Curriculum
The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
In key stage 1, pupils read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge.
By key stage 2, pupils should read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary.
Here is a look at some of the exciting topics we cover at Hillcross:
Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum - Year 1 plant 'magic' beans to find out how they grow.
Under the Sea! - Year 2 have fun splashing around with different animals and materials.
Supermarket Sweep - Year 3 sweep through the different food groups and find out what makes a balanced diet.
Here we go Rockin' all over the world - Lightning strikes in Year 4 as they focus their learning on electric circuits.
Third Rock from the Sun! - Year 5 are illuminated by facts about day and night, shadows and the Earth's natural resources.
A Class Act - Year 6 focus on animal classification and theories of evolution.
What the children have to say ...
I enjoyed designing and making a waterproof coat for Willow the dog. I don't want her to get wet! - Year 1
I have learnt about the different food groups and now check my dinner has something from every group. - Year 3
I never ever knew that water could be a solid, liquid and a gas. It is an amazing liquid, a great solid in the summer (as an ice-cube) and a great gas as water vapour. - Year 4
Darwin was an extremely clever man. It is a shame he kept his theories a secret for so many years! - Year