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:
End of the Line - Whilst finding out more about the local area Year 1 also find out more about themselves when they investigate their senses.
Disaster Strikes! - Year 2 investigate different materials and why they are used for certain everyday items.
Supermarket Sweep - Linking to their DT learning Year 3 sweep through the different food groups and find out what makes a balanced diet.
Walk Like an Egyptian - It is a step back in time for Year 4 as they investigate different animals including humans and how they digest their food.
It's All Greek To Me! - Year 5 build on their past knowledge and look in-depth at the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.
War of the Worlds - It is lights out in Year 6 as they investigate how light travels to help us see and find out more about how shadows are formed.
What the children have to say ...
When I'm older I want to find out even more about animals and where they come from! - Year 1
I loved linking my learning together my savoury tart had lots of the different food groups. - 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 6