Science at Bournville Junior School
‘To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in Science.’
Science at Bournville Junior School is based on practical, experimental enquiry. At its heart are investigations: planning and carrying out experiments as well as analysing the outcomes. The children are able to find out for themselves, through exploration, key concepts. Investigations provide opportunities for the children to use their imagination; we encourage our children to be curious, creative and confident.
As Science is one of the core subjects, it is taught every week as a separate lesson. Scientific Enquiry is a key aspect of the learning that takes place; the children are given regular opportunities to discover ideas through enquiry. Through the evaluation of their findings and discoveries, the children are able to experience real world experiments.
Skills for the future are developed through their achievements in Science. This attainment and progress is tracked carefully by the teachers. It is also used as a context in Literacy and Numeracy as it enables the children’s enthusiasm for this subject to be applied and the strong links between the subjects developed further. During our annual science week, a whole school project is put in place. This is used to inspire the children and enhance their curiosity as well as raise the profile of Science.
‘Experiments are fun and they show what happens, for example, when you mix substances together such as oil, citric acid and denture tables. When we added the tablets, the mix effervesced. This was because carbon dioxide bubbles formed just like lemonade. Bicarbonate of soda in the tablets reacted with the citric acid to form the carbon dioxide. Without the tablets, oil floats on the water. Oil bubbles reached the surface. When we added the tablets, the bubbles of oil also moved vigorously. Science is practical and you learn new things.’
Poppy and Arvind Year 6
‘I really like the way we link Science with other subjects such as our murder mystery links with Literacy.’
Poppy Year 6
‘I like Science because you do lots of experiments and because I want to be an archaeologist and they have to do experiments. It’s my favourite subject. At the moment, we are finding out about fossils and dinosaurs. I have learnt there are different periods: Jurassic, Cretaceous and Triassic. I would like to find out how many fossils are in samples from different beaches’
Arthur L Year 3
‘I like doing the experiments. For example, when we had sandpaper and tested the rocks to see the amount of particles that rubbed off. If lots of particles rub off, they are weaker such as chalk -this was the weakest. Granite was stronger.’
Poppy Year 3
‘I liked the ice pop experiments: we put them in tinfoil, bubble wrap, a face cloth and we wanted to find out which one melted the quickest. I thought it was going to be the bubble wrap but it was the flannel. The control was going to be the last one, the one which wasn’t wrapped in anything.’
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