Our vision for science at Penwortham.
In science, we will inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity, promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our children will be encouraged to ask questions, take risks, experiment, reflect, make and learn from mistakes, in a safe environment whereby they acquire and apply core skills which equip them for an ever-changing world. While not all our children will follow a career in science or related disciplines when they leave education, science literacy will influence their lives daily: this means that the science we develop at Penwortham is of vital importance to individuals and the world’s well-being.
See below to learn more about the areas of science that we cover in our curriculum and some guidance on our assessments.
The Great Test tube Relay!
To round off science week, we all (yes all of us) went into the KS2 playground for a science themed relay race. Each class was represented by one of their classmates. The race started with the Nursery children running up to a science task table and racing to complete a science activity before passing their ‘test tube’ onto one of the Reception children. We used the new track in the playground – it was the first time it had been used as it only went down the weekend before. All the other children in the school cheered their classmate on; we are sure this made them run and complete their tasks quicker! As it was on the same day as ‘dress like a scientist’ day, all of us looked the part too. Prizes were awarded for the winning scientists and also for the best dressed. It was a terrific way to round off the week of science learning.
A visit from Eden Falconry
On Tuesday 25th June, as part of science week, we were visited by Andy and Lisa from Eden Falconry who brought five of their feathered friends along too: Pippin (a kestrel), Toffee (a barn owl), Mr Forbes (a tawny owl), Arizona (a Harris’s hawk) and Big Alice (an eagle owl). When Andy was teaching us about the birds, Pippin kept squawking and interrupting him – she was very loud! We found out that Toffee (and all other barn owls) can fly silently. Andy and Lisa proved this by flying her over our heads in the hall. Each of the owls had different coloured eyes and Andy told us that this relates to when they hunt: those with dark eyes hunt at night; those with orange eyes hunt at dawn and dusk; and yellow eyed owls hunt in the day. Harris’s hawks, like Arizona, hunt in a pack which is unusual as most birds of prey hunt alone. Toffee, the Barn Owl, has pear-shaped eyes therefore she cannot rotate them and so has to move her whole head instead. We also found out that owls cannot rotate their head 360 degrees, but only 270 degrees. At the end of the afternoon, Years 2-5 had class photos taken with Toffee and Big Alice. What a memorable day!
Zaara, Edwin, Jake and Samah
How germs spread
We held an exhibition for parents to come and see some of the learning from Science week.
Children from Nursery to Year 6 explained their activities and demonstrated how they worked
The Great Test Tube Relay Race