At Hollydale, we believe that the teaching of science should encourage pupils to ask questions, make predictions and investigate the world around them. Our science curriculum has been tailored to allow for maximum opportunities for our pupils to develop their investigative skills and to build up a body of key knowledge and concepts necessary for them to do this effectively.
Our teaching of science encourages our pupils to develop a range of strategies for finding things out for themselves, as well as promoting essential problem solving skills. As they progress through the school, we aim to enable our pupils to become increasingly adept at selecting and using the scientific equipment necessary to collect, interpret and evaluate results.
Science is also recognised as a great opportunity to support the development of pupils’ of communication and mathematical skills and provide them with a range of exciting and engaging opportunities to apply these skills.
Our science learning is enriched and brought to life through a range of events within Hollydale, such as workshops led by medical students from Kings College Medical School, as well as trips to a range of exciting locations such as the Science Museum, Greenwich Observatory and Mudchute Farm.
Principles of Good Science Teaching and Learning
Good Science teaching and learning is as easy as ABC:
Active engagement in fun, hands on investigations which relate to real-world situations.
Brave learners, willing to ask and answer questions, make mistakes and suggest ways to improve or learn from them, demonstrating deeper thinking.
Curiosity about the world is maintained by learning in a variety of ways – different types of enquiries, in the outdoors environment, through visits and visitors and home learning activities.
Science Week 2021: Reception
Reception Class designed their own super heroes to try and tackle some of the problems that are facing the world today.
Science Week 2021: Year 1
Year 1 learned about Kiara Nirghin, who won the Google Science Fair prize at the age of 16. She invented a polymer, which is a powder you can put on soil to help it absorb more moisture. This helps crops to grow in times of drought. They drew story maps of her life to show her achievements.
They also learned about which parts of plants we can eat! They classified vegetables according to whether they were roots, stems, flowers, fruits, seeds or leaves.
After that, they found out about the function of the stem of a plant. They put celery in coloured water and observed how it changes as the water travels upwards.
Science Week 2021: Year 2
Inspired by the British Science Week theme of ‘Innovating for the future’ and their work on plants in our science lessons, Year 2 decided to design and build the ultimate machine to create the perfect conditions for growing crops: THE WATER-TRON 5000! The Year 2 scientists designed machines to water and feed their plants as well as ensure they are growing in the optimum temperature. Each designer presented their ideas and answered questions. Year 2 then voted on their favourite two designs. As a whole class we then built the machine, labelled the parts, wrote instructions for how to use it and recorded these instructions as a video.
Science Week 2021: Year 3
Year 3 completed an exciting Science project about Light. They studied Spectrography by splitting light into different colours. They investigated light and studied it on an atomic level with their very own spectroscope.
Their class project, ‘Innovating for the Future’, was around seasonal farming. They learnt that eating produce that is not in season in the UK could increase their carbon footprint. They thought of ways in which they could reduce this.
Year 3 also took part in a webinar with the RAF. They created helicopters, aeroplanes and parachutes whilst learning about engineering and aerodynamics.
Science Week 2021: Year 4
Year 4 enjoyed an engaging experiment learning about air resistance. They created their own parachutes using different materials such as card and tissue paper. They then tested these to see which material had better air resistance. Year 4 also enjoyed making paper helicopters and learning that the shape of the helicopter rotor blades make it spin. They found out that gravity pulls the helicopter down, but the air resists the movement and pushes up each rotor separately, causing the helicopter to spin. The children who took part received a certificate and medal from the RAF.
Year 4 created informative posters about sustainability and how eating seasonably is good for our environment and reduces our carbon footprint.
Year 4 are engineers! They used their learning and knowledge about sustainability and seasonal foods to create their own inventions to support farmers with reducing their carbon footprint. We came up with inventions such as the seasonal food spawner and the anti-carbon vacuum.
Science Week 2021: Year 5
Year 5 have been learning about the brilliant work of William Kamkwamba. Whilst William was still a teenager, he was able to transform his village by building electric windmills out of unwanted objects. His extraordinary story inspired a book and film about his life ”The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind”. Year 5 were inspired to write about his scientific journey.
Year 5 took part in a virtual laboratory visit that was facilitated by Harper Adams University. During their visit into their robotics lab they were able to explore how technology can solve some of farming’s biggest challenges. They were inspired to design drones that could be used to help farmers. Year 5’s drones had to follow strict specifications including having space for a battery compartment and camera.
Year 5 were able to take part in a workshop facilitated by The Royal Institution. They carried out taste tests, exercise activities and explored how calories are calculated. They even learnt how the chemical ‘Phenylthiocarbamide’ is pronounced.
Science Week 2021: Year 6
Years 3- 6 took part in an all-day virtual workshop run by the RAF Museum Cosford. They learnt all about how helicopters, parachutes and aeroplanes fly before making and testing their own.
For the National Farming Union’s Farmvention project they learnt all about renewable sources of energy. They were challenged to create a mechanism that could spin a generator.
They then designed their own inventions that used renewable energy sources to help Farmers become Climate Superheroes!
Science Week 2021: Explosive Food
We were very lucky to have a scientist from the Royal Institution visit to deliver workshops for Years 1- 6. We learned about the importance of the nose in not only smelling but also tasting food; how food is digested and used by the different organs in our body and how we burn calories.