Science is all around us and here at Otford Primary School we believe that Science investigation is one of the most powerful ways to learn, developing our School’s core values of courage and curiosity!! Science develops perseverance as well as challenging what we know about the world. We aim to make science as practical and ‘hands-on’ as we can, where possible, linking it to our learning journey as well as real- life and giving meaning to our learning. Lessons aren’t just limited to the classroom, we make use of our outdoor area in order to maximise the children’s learning experiences. Our pupils are involved in scientific enquiry at a variety of different levels, both linked to the curriculum and in extra-curricular projects such as Forest School and Gardening club as well as Science-based assemblies, workshops and competitions. This allows the children to develop the key skills of investigation, problem-solving and team work, empowering children to question the world around them and become scientific thinkers.
For further details on our science curriculum, please see individual class pages on our website for each year group’s curriculum as well as class newsletters which will outline the science topics taking place each term. The ‘STEM’ hub (Science/Technology/Engineering and Maths) recently organised and led a successful STEM day. The whole school focus for this was the science skill of ‘measurement.’ The ‘STEM’ hub are hoping to lead another of these days soon. Each month there is a new ‘scientist of the month’ who is studied and celebrated in class. Periodically, we run Science competitions, some children in KS2 recently enjoyed designing lab coats and designs for the Otford fête program front cover! We were delighted to have two winners in Year 5, Marnie and Florence.
Over the next few weeks, our Science leaders, Miss Kilmister and Mrs Little, will be appointing Science ambassadors in each year group. Their role, together with the Science leaders, will be to promote science across the school. On this page, we look forward to keeping you up to date with Science news.