The intent of the Science curriculum
The intent of the science curriculum, is to provide a high quality science education for pupils at Etz Chaim. The intent is to provide pupils with a strong understanding of the world around them. By building on their understanding of the subject, the children will acquire specific skills sets and knowledge to think scientifically, understand scientific processes and how these are implemented in the world around them. The topics covered in the curriculum are revisited and developed with further detail in their study as they progress through each Key Stage. This allows the children to build on the pre-existing knowledge and further develop skills sets in observation, planning and scientific investigative work.
The Science Curriculum is implemented through good quality teaching and learning experiences. These experiences show clear progression of the subject across each key stage and science topic. Children are exposed to a multitude of key specialist vocabulary and embed the curriculum areas through enquiry-based learning. Science is further reiterated through the use of continuous provision for both independent and group learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. To supplement the learning of science, children have access to a wide range of resources to further develop their knowledge, understanding and engagement with both science as a subject and scientific enquiry skill sets. Pupils are provided with opportunities for cross curricular learning through the IPC as well as in English and mathematics. Pupils are also given the opportunity to participate in a school wide Science week, school visitors around the science topic who come to speak, and some trips relating to science throughout the academic year.
Impact can be seen in the following areas:
- Achievement of age related expectations for most pupils by the end of the year and at the end of each Key Stage
- Children are able to explain both their science knowledge and the processes of scientific enquiry.
- An understanding of where science fits in to the wider world around them
- A development of a wide range of skills sets relating to science and scientific enquiry
- Progression of scientific knowledge throughout their schooling
- Retention of key vocabulary relating to science topics.
Our children are preparing to become space biologists as we embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.
In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they spent several months in microgravity before returning to Earth.
Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School received a packet of 100 seeds from space, which we have started to grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and we will measure the differences over seven weeks. We will not know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.
The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the children to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.
Our Science Leader says: “We are so thrilled to be taking part in Rocket Science. This experiment is a fantastic way of teaching our pupils to think more scientifically and share their findings with the whole school.” The children in Year 4 have been watering, measuring and logging their findings. Mrs Talisman, who runs the Gardening Club, is so excited to have the children taking part in such a learning experience. The children have really enjoyed planting the seeds and watching the rocket seeds grow before their eyes.
Rocket Science is just one educational project from a programme developed by the UK Space Agency to celebrate British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS.
Rocket Science Experiment Update!
Now the Rocket Seeds Science Experiment has finished, we have sent our results to the Rocket Science national database.
Red or Blue?
Once all the results have been received, Tim Peake will reveal which coloured packet contained the space seeds in a very special video he recorded before he went into space. The video will be sent to us shortly.
There is a video of Tim flipping a coin to decide which was which – but without revealing the answer. Click here to view the video.
What shall we do with our plants?
We will plant our rocket plants in our outdoor area. Once it has been revealed which is which, we could eat the Earth rocket but we will not eat the space rocket as it will have been subjected to slightly more radiation than the seeds that remained on Earth.
Please click here to view Rocket Seed
Rocket Science Experiment Update!
Our results have been sent to the Rocket Science national database.
Tim Peake has now revealed which coloured packet contained the space seeds. You can find out by watching him on the link below. Did you guess correctly?
Please click here to check
The rocket plants have been placed in rubber tyres at the back of our playground.
Please click here to see the curriculum coverage Year 1 of 2 year cycle
Please click here to see the curriculum coverage Year 2 of 2 year cycle
Please click here to view Year 5's Forces Experiment
Please click here to see the Science Fair 2018