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Here at St Thomas of Canterbury, we understand how important Science is to the world! Science is an integral part of all of our lives, with links to many other subjects, including maths and computing. Our children are encouraged to investigate, solve problems and ask questions about a wide range of aspects of the world around them and to explore aspects of biology, chemistry and physics in the most practical and engaging ways possible.
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Click on the link above to see all the photos and videos from our spectacular science day! 

 

We all had an extraordinary time, working in groups from different years. The teachers were very impressed with how the children looked after each other and worked as a team, helping each other to build their items and solve any problems along the way.

 

We watched an unforgettable, impressive science show, followed by making our very own fan-powered cars and rockets! Watch the videos to see our competitions.

 

 

On Tuesday, 16th January, year 5 visited Jodrell Bank (a world- leading science research site). The children explored the Lovell telescope, learnt from the incredible scientists who work there and got to experience numerous practical activities. The children asked some interesting questions and received some jaw-dropping answers that blew our minds.

Above, you will find an array of pictures, including some experiments and investigations that were carried out throughout the day.

The Year 5's had an important task to solve a serious crime! They were given 3 suspects and had to work out who was guilty by assessing the forensics against their statements that were given to the police.

First, the children took fingerprints, which they then analysed against fingerprints left at the scene of the crime. They also brushed for hand prints and investigated footprints. The children enjoyed matching ink samples from a note, using scientific equipment .Finally, through testing the PH level, they took samples to match soil that was found on the scene.  

 

 

To enhance our learning of Living Things and their Habitats, we visited Chester Zoo. We experienced different animal habitats, such as the bat cave and islands, and we also got to learn about different animal feeding routines.

For our workshop, we explored the Islands exhibit and used classification keys to investigate the five different vertebrate groups.  We were challenged to find vertebrate and invertebrate species and presented our discoveries back to the group.

 

The Year 5's meauring forces in newtons

 Science in Year 6

Whilst in Derbyshire, the Year 6's completed some Science work after learning about living things and their habitats in the classroom. The main focus for the children was: ‘How do fossils provide evidence that living things have changed over time?’ The teachers then extended their understanding in science from living things onto animal adaptation and inheritance/evolution.  

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St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School
Science Policy

Science vision statement

At St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School we aim to provide a rich learning environment, enabling children to reach their full potential through the development of a desire for lifelong learning. We wish to provide a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of everything around us. To achieve this it must involve exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is to build a body of knowledge through experimental testing and secure and extend their scientific vocabulary.

 

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas through a broad and balanced science education, which is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.


Our aims in teaching science include the following:

  • Retain and develop the children’s natural sense of curiosity about the world around them.
  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
  • Build the children’s scientific vocabulary.
  • Come to understand the nature of “scientific method” involving: careful observation, the making and testing of predictions, the design of fair and controlled experiments, the drawing of meaningful conclusions through critical reasoning and the evaluation of evidence.
  • Develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork.
  • Begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
  • Fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment.
  • Developing our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of Science.
  • Continuously spark the children’s interests and find science enjoyable.
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