Science

At Burton Green Primary School, we believe that Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena, allowing children to be curious and to discover. We encourage children to ask ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’ and develop a lively interest in the subject. 

In Early Years, our naturally inquisitive students will learn through indoor and outdoor provision, as well as time in Forest Schools. They will make observations, read stories, ask questions and experiment, talking about things that they have found. 

In Key Stage One, children will build on their knowledge, learning about plants, animals, materials, habitats and the weather. Science is explored in a hands-on way, making learning memorable and fun for all learners. Children will develop scientific enquiry skills and complete investigations- choosing to use appropriate equipment and comparing variables. 

In Key Stage Two, children further their knowledge and skills, exploring chemistry, biology and physics in new and exciting ways. Children are introduced to forces, electricity, light, sound and evolution, discovering how and why things work and become more independent in their investigation. Children design their own enquiry, talk about dependent and independent variables and decide on the optimum ways to display their results. 

We strive for science to be practically taught and loved by all children and staff at our school, building children’s awareness of the world and the way things work. The curriculum is progressive and each year, every child is given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge and have the skills they need to find success. Scientific enquiry skills are taught in every lesson to allow pupils to master each skill then showcase them independently.

Our school works with STEM ambassadors around the UK to introduce our children to real life scientists and give them an understanding of science in careers. We firmly believe that STEM is for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social-economic background. We celebrate ‘Science Week’ and love to have visitors to talk about Science! 

To find out about the Primary National Curriculum for Science, please click here

Check out our amazing Science activities!

Today we packed a picnic for Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandma to cheer her up, but we decided we wanted it to be full of healthy food to make her feel better. We sorted our home corner food into piles of unhealthy treats and healthier choices 🍓🍍🍌 #BGScience

While digging for worms we noticed that the soil was very dry and had formed lumps. Our natural curiosity led to a scientific inquiry about why it was so dry and how it can become muddy again. After pouring in some water we decided that it just needed some rain! #BGScience 🦔

In Science we were looking at how exercise effects the heart rate. We carried out different exercises and measured our resting heart rate and our heart rate after exercising. It was a lot of fun! #BGScience

We took part in the #BigGardenBirdWatch2023 today! We went down to Forest School with our binoculars, identification charts and ‘The Big Book Of Birds’ and waited at our bird hide. We’ve learned lots about birds today! #BGForestSchool #BGScience 🪶🪺🦔

Fred Frog wants cruise down the River Ouse, but first he needs to build a boat! In science we've tested materials that it could be made from, making predictions and justifying our results. We've had some interesting chats about buoyancy and absorption (Fred got wet!) #BGscience

Fox Cubs were fascinated by the ice lanterns we made last week! Such a simple activity that produced so much awe, wonder and discussion. #BGScience #BGEYFS

Earlier this week in Science, we investigated the evidence around the Earth being a round sphere. We looked at Aristotle’s theory of how ships disappeared hull first over the horizon and conducted our own observations to see if it was true #BGScience

Today the rainfall enabled us to explore water and weather in a wonderfully tactile way. We didn’t wait for the rain to stop- we painted in it, developed our vocabulary and showed exceptional teamwork setting up our water run. #BGEYFS #BGScience

It’s been a morning of exploring the effects of the weather in our outdoor area. Frozen sand, ice cakes in the mud kitchen and ice rinks in the trays. We have loved witnessing such fascination and intrigue. #BGEYFS #BGScience

In science today we enjoyed seeing which exercises affected our heart rates. We made good predictions and lots of us were right! #BGscience

We noticed the changing season this morning when we found ice in all our pans in the mud kitchen! This led to curiosity about how we could keep it frozen, how we could melt it, and how we could make more ice! #BGScience

The dentists will see you now! We’ve loved role playing with our dental kit and talking about how we can keep our teeth and gums healthy! #BGScience 🦔

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