"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science."
Edwin Powell Hubble (1889 - 1953) was an American astronomer known for his significant contribution to astronomy.
Science at Mitton Manor
Science, as well as English and Maths, is one of the core subjects in our primary curriculum. It can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable subjects as it is also very practical too. The pupils at Mitton Manor love to learn by being hands on and finding out as much as they can for themselves. This certainly helps to develop an understanding of the world around them and a curious mind. All children are encourage to participate in activities, extending that curiosity and thirst for knowledge, hopefully encouraging them to develop that knowledge further as they grow older into secondary school and beyond
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
In the EYFS, science is included within the Understanding the World area of learning. As with other learning in Reception, your child will mainly learn about science through games and play – which objects float and sink during water play, for example. Activities such as these will help your child to develop important skills such as observation, prediction and critical thinking.
The Science Curriculum
The content of science teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Within this, certain topics and areas are repeated across year groups, meaning that children may revisit a particular topic in each year of primary school but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time.
For example, the area of animals, including humans is examined in every single year group, with a very clear progression of knowledge and understanding over the six years:
In Year 1 this involves: looking at the human body, recognising animal groups and sorting these animals.
By Year 6, this will have developed into knowing the internal structure of the human body in relation to circulation, classifying living things based on more complex characteristics and exploring scientific research into this classification.
The more detailed content for each year group is as follows:
Alongside these areas runs the Working Scientifically element. This focuses on the skills the children need to become accurate, careful and confident practical scientists. Children are expected to master certain skills in each year group and there is a very clear progression of these. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
How can I support my child in science?
1. Be interested
Each term every class will provide an overview of the topics being covered that term. Take an interest — find relevant books in the library or bookshop, do some research, brush up your own knowledge about the topic! Then you can have interesting conversations where you are both learning at the same time.
2. Take a trip
Why not take a trip to a science museum, a zoo or an aquarium? These don’t necessarily need to be completely related to what they are learning about at school. Any visit can help their curiosity and engagement with science generally.
3. Make it personal
Find out about famous scientists and research unique and exciting inventions up to and including the present day. Who knows, you may have the next Stephen Hawking or Marie Curie at home!
4. Get hands-on
Look up fun, practical science experiments you can do at home with everyday objects.
Anything where they can be hands-on and see the science happen in front of their eyes is guaranteed to get them interested.
Further support and useful web links
Scientist of the Month
To celebrate the achievements of famous scientists and their contributions to the continuous development of the world around us. It is important for children to have role models and to be inspired by others, to help them realise that they can achieve their goals.
For November, we have chosen four different scientists who have each made valuable contributions in their fields. These people show the diversity amongst their chosen specialism.
What did she discover?
Mae Jemison was an astronaut, educator and doctor born in America in 1956. From a young
age Mae was always fascinated with space, she loved finding out everything she could about the Apollo missions. However, she noticed that no one who looked like her had ever been to space before. She found a role model in Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, as she was a fictional character who represented black women in space.
Jemison studied Chemical Engineering and African American studies at Stanford University. She then went on to study medicine and became a doctor. A few years later, Mae applied to NASA and her dream of becoming an astronaut became a reality. In 1992 she boarded the shuttle Endeavour and became the first African American woman in space.
On her trip she took many different African cultural objects so that black people could be represented in space. Mae Jemison went on to start up many medical companies including the BioSentient Corporation, which creates medical devices that allow doctors to monitor patients’ nervous system functions. She is also part of the 100 Year Starship project which aims for humans to travel to the next solar system within 100 years.
Something to think about…
Why is representation in science so important?