Science is all around us and here at Otford Primary School, and we believe that the School’s core values of courage and curiosity wind their way throughout our Science curriculum! Through Science we are continually challenging what we know about the world as well as recognising how key Scientists, inventions and discoveries from the past have shaped our world today. Through Scientists studies and our Scientist of the Month, our children at Otford are exposed to Scientists from a wide range backgrounds, whether academically, socially or culturally.
We aim to make science as practical and ‘hands-on’* as we can, where possible, and endeavour to link 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.
Throughout Key Stage 2, each year group has 4 Science ambassadors within their year group. Their role, together with the Science lead, is to promote science across the school. They have been in charge of organising the Science equipment, reaching out to their peers for feedback regarding Science clubs, organising Science Week and planning a new Science Club for the rest of the school.
During Science Week this year, the school focused on the theme of Water. Children were encouraged to explore the world of water in the context of the Australian Bushfires. Children explored ways to provide clean water to hard to reach areas, filtering systems, building eco-friendly equipment and looking at the most efficient way to move water, with the goal of putting out the fires. It was wonderful to see the whole school engaged with our Science Week and the children all really enjoyed themselves!
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.
Do keep an eye on this page for updates regarding Science in the new 2020-2021 academic year!
Miss Kilmister (Science Lead).
*Due to Covid-19, there are some restrictions in place regarding equipment. Risk assessments are adhered to regarding the use of equipment in the classroom.