Your child will receive a science lesson each week in line with the National curriculum. These lessons last between one hour and one and a half hours depending on the year group. It is our aim at Heybrook to make science as ‘hands on’ and practical as we can – all our lessons involve discussions which lead up to designing investigations and experiments. We like to use lots of equipment! The children are gradually taught the skills of thinking scientifically and being able to design experiments and fair tests for themselves.
The topics we cover are taken from the national curriculum and cover the broad areas of :
- Investigating living things – what living things need, habitats and understanding how scientists categorise different types of life on earth
- Finding out about different types of materials and how we use the properties of those materials
- Earth and Space
We assess the children’s scientific knowledge each term with a short test which covers the work done that has been covered. These assessments show what skills or knowledge the children need to acquire. Each term our topics are the same – but the content is different as we further the children’s knowledge and go over any difficulties which the testing has highlighted. At the end of the year the children’s test results generate an assessment for the year – based on our Green, Yellow and Red assessment system. We show the children’s attainment against two criteria:
1) National expectations
2) How hard they have worked in their lessons over the year.
How Parents Can Support Their Child with Science
Encourage your child to watch the wonderful wildlife and science investigation programmes which are available on television. Encourage them to look at books from the science section in the library. Talk to your child about the world around them and pass on your knowledge of where things come from and how they work or how they are made. Encourage your child to be curious.
If you would like any further details about Science at Heybrook, or to discuss your child’s progress in the subject, please feel free to contact the school and ask to speak to Mr Hughes.