We take great pride in our science teaching at Bonner Primary School. This year we secured the Primary Science Quality Mark (GOLD).
“The school clearly places a high value on science and is providing an excellent experience for its children. A clear and thoughtful science policy, together with the school’s principles, seems to have helped create a shared ethos and is helping to drive the subject forward. A range of creative teaching and learning approaches is evident, as is an excellent programme of enrichment” PSQM Awarding Body
We have always had a strong focus on science investigation because we believe that children should develop the practical science (and general problem solving) skills which this teaches. This is supported by making those vital cross-curriculum links with our topic work and literacy to give context to our children’s studies. This includes for example, the study of famous scientists, drama and relevant stories. Our aim is to awaken the natural curiosity in our children so that they start to ask questions and help them to make sense of the world around them.
To support this aim and to help create a sense of wonder, Bonner Primary School holds an annual science week for all children with the single aim of getting children excited about science. Last year the children were particularly enthusiastic to meet our special visitors, including five owls. Furthermore, we have a highly successful, and popular, science club open to children in Year 4 on Mondays after school. Activities this year have included:
testing carrier bags;
making and launching rockets;
developing tree crystals;
building parachutes for eggs;
making raisins dance; and
clearing up an oil slick.
We have embraced the new science curriculum, and invested in the ‘Switched on Science’ scheme of work and new resources, such as fossils. Teachers use concept cartoons, dressing up and even puppets to support children in their learning and correct any misconceptions. Due to our urban setting we value and promote outside learning through our new outside learning area and garden, trips to museums and our local outside learning centre (The Soanes Centre). Recently, children have really enjoyed making recipes and eating food which they had grown themselves!
Links with the wider science community
We have a strong relationship with the Institute of Education and we are proud to support the development of new teachers by inviting student teachers in to observe our science lessons and speak to our children. Excitingly, we are currently helping the Institute of Education and Times Educational Supplement (TES) to develop training materials and videos to support teachers nationwide as they grapple with the challenge of implementing the new National Curriculum. This has included our lessons being filmed and our children and staff interviewed. In addition, our staff are currently taking part in focus groups to support the Wellcome Trust in developing new science resources.