We Learn with God as our Guide
"A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena."
(National Curriculum 2014)
In addition to weekly lessons, children are engaged and excited about science through special events and activities. We hold an annual Science Weeks, incorporating fun and unusual experiments. During Science Week and throughout the year, children enjoy special visits from experts in different aspects of Science. As well as this, children’s Science work is supported and enriched through educational visits to local places and museums..
The school was awarded the Bronze Primary Science Quality Mark in March 2018.
This has raised the profile of science across the school with staff and pupils.
Our Lady of Lourdes Principles for Science Teaching
Our Lady of Lourdes Science Vision Statement
At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, our vision is to give children the opportunities to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world around them. To achieve this it involves exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.
We want our children to be:
"This term our whole staff have met to discuss the importance of Science teaching at Our Lady of Lourdes. This has resulted in a review of the principles for learning and how we intend to place them at the heart of all our science teaching. We want to continue to improve our science teaching at our school so that it is even more fun and hands-on while encouraging encourage pupils to think critically, independently and with appropriate vocabulary. I am excited about the future of science at our school.
Each year group said what they enjoyed learning about in science and our visits from Science Oxford seem like a big success. To help promote our investigation skills and highlight different scientific vocabulary that the children could use, we did a whole school experiment. Our Science Stars came to help do an experiment and we looked at 'Dancing Raisins. The children thoroughly engaged in the assembly and were able to use various scientific words to explain what was happening.
Y3 thoroughly enjoyed working scientifically with Ian Snell from Science Oxford on Monday 18th November. The children engaged in a number of activities exploring forces and making their own Rocket Cars even testing them out to see how far they'd travel along the playground.'
Year 1 finished their topic and Science learning with a visit from a vet. We asked lots of questions about the role of a vet and what the most unusual animal the vet had to look after. The children enjoyed dressing up as a vet and injecting the dog to make it feel better.
Key Stage One were very lucky to have Science Oxford come and visit us. We spent the morning learning about Carnivores, Omnivores and Herbivores. We got to wear masks and decide which animal lived in which habitat. We even made our own creatures and discussed what habitat they would live in.
The whole school was asked to have a go at a variety of science experiments and bring them in to share in a science sharing afternoon with parents.
Here are some of the pictures.
We have all been engaged in various Science experiments linked to our topics this term. We have also been having attempting various STEM challenges.
Look at all the photographs to show our learning.
Year 1 are investigating the wind and how far the wind will carry our plastic bags.
Year 4 have been investigating insulators and conductors.
Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 went into the wild area and our visitors showed us how to catch bugs and then classify them. We all learnt how to catch bug's safely, where they live and what their scientific names are.
The Year 3 children had a rather wet but fabulous day in Devizes. They spent they day learning about how canals work and going on bug hunts.
Year 5 visited Paulton's theme park. They learnt all about different forces you can feel on a rollercoaster. They also went on lots of rides too.
Year 2 have been looking at growing different things and the best conditions to grow plants. They have even been on a trip to the Oxford Botanical Gardens and Pizza Express to explore smells and taste.
Year 1 and Year 5 had a fantastic trip to the Arborteum. They learnt how to build bug hotels, find different bugs and look at different types of trees and the best habitats for them to grow in.
As a school, we have entered the Big Battery Hunt. The children and parents have been collecting batteries over the last few weeks and we are hoping to win some prizes.
Year 1 had a fantastic trip to the Woodstock Dinosaur Museum. We learnt how fossils are made and then discovered. We learnt a big word 'Paleontologist' and we learnt all about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
In March, we all participated in British Science Week and theme this year was journeys. The children participated in a variety of activities and ended the week with a sharing assembly. See the photos below.