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 Science at Southmead

Key Principles for science - a promise fusing teaching and learning


We promise to:

• Carry out practical investigations in pairs, in groups

  and independently;

• Capture ‘Working scientifically’ in action, and use

  photographs as evidence in Science books, and on

  science wall displays;

• Use oral rehearsals, raps, songs, videos to help

  harness the memory of key scientific vocabulary

  and concepts;

• Evidence progress and understanding through our

  use of questioning at the beginning of and again at

  the end of a lesson;

• Assess progress in Working scientifically and

  scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding,

  and set achievable yet challenging targets;

• Maximise science displays so that learning is

  extended, curiosity is created, interaction is

  encouraged and success is celebrated.


Please click here to view our curriculum map for Science



              VISION STATEMENT


At Southmead Primary School our vision is to provide children with a Science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them. Through practical, exciting, hands-on experiences, we aim to provide the children with a deeper understanding of the world we live in and the curiosity to question it.


Each Science lesson at Southmead will stimulate children’s natural curiosity and provide them with challenging experiences that help secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. Each lesson will build skills around scientific enquiry and children will develop knowledge and understanding of the three scientific domains: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Lessons will allow for transferable skills to be fostered, such as observation, testing, predicting, and recording, and will allow for mathematical skills to be applied. The children will be provided with opportunities to work collaboratively, promoting teamwork and communication.


Southmead is committed to providing all children with equal opportunities that will equip them to become young, confident scientists of the 21st century. These opportunities will ensure our children remain lifelong learners who will continue to explore the world around them.

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         Spotlight on EYFS and KS1


Reception class were learning about floating and sinking. They made boats out of different materials and put them in the water to see if they floated or sank.

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Year 1 have been learning about their senses and  Year 2 enjoyed conducting a bug hunt outside, in our nature garden and around our pond, to find out more about microhabitats. Year 2 returned to the playground to find objects that are living, dead or have never been alive.

"I think a spider might live under the rock."


"We will look on the trunk of a tree."


"Let's look in the soil because I've seen them there before!"


        Spotlight on KS2

Year 6 have been learning about evolution and inheritance, and what we can learn from fossils about organisms which lived on this earth millions of years ago. They have constructed their own model of DNA and can now explain why offspring, from the same parents, might not look the same!

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Click here to read how Science at Southmead contributes to children's development in SMSC.