A chance to explore our universe.
Ask a question... Explore that question with a hands-on enquiry... Discover a big idea!
Subject Leader: Miss Stafford
At Eye, we have a distinct vision for the best way to learn about science. We believe that science is an opportunity to explore the world and to acquire the powerful knowledge that underpins an understanding of our universe. We believed every child have regular opportunities to undertake hands-on enquiries to develop their ability to think and investigate like a scientist. We learn that everyday questions are often linked to the greatest discoveries in science and this helps us to appreciate the majestic world in which we live.
How do we teach it?
In science, we teach through a combination of knowledge and enquiry based lessons. In a knowledge lesson we learn and discover key scientific concepts. In an enquiry based lesson we will pose a question, seek to answer it and then link our findings to big ideas of science and key scientific concepts.
What does this look like in practice? Here's an example from year 5:
Small question: My friend says that she is going to jump from an aeroplane high in the sky. She has told me not to worry as she will be fine and will land safe and sound. How can this be true?
Enquiry: Year 5 investigated how different objects fall at different speeds and why. After learning that weight (the pull from gravity) pulled an object towards Earth and that air resistance slowed moving objects as they bumped into air particles, the children investigated this by creating parachutes of different sizes to slow falling objects.
Big Idea: From discussion with their teachers and subsequent enquiries and write-ups, year 5 reinforced their understanding of the following big ideas of science:
+ Weight (caused by gravity) and air resistance are forces that follow universal rules.
+ Air is made up of tiny building blocks.
The Big Ideas of Science
The universe follows unbreakable rules that are all about forces, matter and energy. Forces are different kinds of pushes and pulls that act on all the matter that is in the universe. Matter is all the stuff, or mass, in the universe. Energy, which cannot be created or destroyed, comes in many different forms and tends to move away from objects that have lots of it.
All matter (stuff) in the universe is made up of tiny building blocks. The arrangement, movement and type of these building blocks and the forces that hold them together or push them apart explain all the properties of matter (e.g. hot/cold, soft/hard, light/heavy, etc). Matter can change if the arrangement of these building blocks changes.
Living things are special collections of matter that make copies of themselves, use energy and grow. Living things on Earth come in a huge variety of different forms that are all related because they all came from the same starting point 4.5 billion years ago. The different kinds of life, animals, plants and microorganisms have evolved over countless generations into different forms in order to survive in the environments in which they live.
The Earth is one of eight planets that orbit the sun. The Earth is tilted and spins on its axis leading to day and night, the seasons and the climate. The Earth is made up of several layers, including a relatively thin rocky surface which is divided into tectonic plates. The movement of these plates leads to many geologic events (such as earthquakes and volcanoes) and geographical features (such as mountains.) The Earth is surrounded by a layer of gases known as the atmosphere. This atmosphere can be disturbed by human activity, leading to potentially disastrous global warming.
How do we assess science at Eye?
We assess science in lots of different ways at Eye and ensure we assess throughout the learning journey.
- Children will complete this booklet at the end of a unit as a summative assessment. We then encourage children to go back and edit their answers as their learning develops throughout the year as a chance to self-correct and demonstrate the progress they are making.
- An example of the assessment quiz and ticket can be found under the assessment tab on the main curriculum and assessment page.
Here are some useful links you can use to extend your science learning at home.