Science at Corringham School.
Science teaching follows the National Curriculum guidelines, providing a broad, relevant Science curriculum for all the children. We teach a balance between knowledge and investigation skills, which we aim to develop through hands on experiences. Pupils are encouraged to solve problems by making close observations, planning, predicting, fair testing and recording their findings in a systematic way. We embrace opportunities to link Science with Maths and Literacy wherever possible, such as the collection of data in charts and tables and the presentation of knowledge in the form of information texts. A further focus of the subject is developing responsible attitudes towards the environment and all living things within our school.Our children learn about science through practical ‘hands on’ experiences wherever possible with scientific enquiry being an integrated aspect of the topics being studied.
Take a look at this year’s long term planning to see the topics covered in school. Science Curriculum LTP 2019 2020
SPACE themed Science Week
We have recently held a Space themed Science Week which saw all classes centring their learning around Space. We launched the Space week with an evening of stargazing activities in January. The weather was kind to us and it didn’t rain! We even saw Venus and some of the constellations. Children were also able to look through a huge telescope, curtesy of Mrs Watt-Jones’ father. We had a visit from Mr Bolsover (Poppy & Ben’s daddy) who opened our science week with a special assembly where he shared about his visit to Russia at the Space Centre. He then went on a Q&A visit to each of the classrooms. The children enjoyed asking relevant questions and learning more about how science impacts the workplace. If you have a job which involves science and would like to share your experience with our wonderful children, please contact the office, Mrs Burnett or Mrs Jones.
During our science week, we held a Science Fair which exhibited the children’s projects undertaken at home. A big thank you to all the parents who supported their child in making their project. The Science Fair was a great success and was very well supported, the school hall was packed!
We are fortunate to have our own school garden which is tended to by Mrs Cunningham, Mrs Moulds, Mrs Housham and Ben. The children also use the garden as part of their hands on science: – growing plants, tending and caring for them, including the weeding and digging the vegetable and fruit beds / tyres. They have created a bug hotel which is great for supporting minibeast topics and habitats. Mrs Cunningham works in the garden four lunchtimes a week and always has a band of enthusiastic helpers! Children have also created a digging pit, fairy garden and dinosaur land! Our children are able to develop their own scientific knowledge though spending time in the garden and can often be overheard relating information they have learnt and applying their scientific skills.
Our Badger Class has recently visited Rand Farm Park giving them an excellent opportunity to see animals up close, feed them, stroke them and learn about the life cycle of a chicken.
PSQM Science Award
We have attained the silver PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) which has included specific training for staff and supported raising the profile of science within school. Why not take a look at the Power Point which was submitted – PSQM presentation
Some Science Websites