Subject Leader : Mr A Finklaire
Science Vision Statement.
At Hatch Warren Junior School we recognise the vital role that science plays in our everyday lives and helping to develop the world we live in. Through the delivery of practical, engaging scientific investigation the children will pursue their natural curiosity and develop a love of enquiry. The statutory elements of The National Curriculum will be covered using The Hampshire Science Team's guidance. This model starts by looking at essential prior and new knowledge that children need to learn in each science unit. Most importantly, this then quickly moves to the children carrying out their own investigative, problem solving experiments.
They will experience and investigate scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our children will be encouraged to:
Acquire and apply core skills which equip them for an ever-changing world.
Wherever possible science will be taught through real life experiences promoting curiosity and engagement
Children will develop confidence in planning, (including consideration of variables) and collaboratively record their findings in a variety of ways including with the use of ICT. They will draw reasoned conclusions about what they notice and will independently question their findings. Where needed they will test further and modify their experiments.
Children will therefore build a clearer understanding of the physical and natural world around them, recognising the essential concepts of physics, chemistry and biology. They will gain familiarity with and use the appropriate related technical vocabulary.
Whenever pertinent, links will be made to the maths and literacy curriculums. (E.g. creating and analysing graphs, writing explanatory texts.)
They will be inspired to investigate and learn about established scientific facts and theories, keep up to date with current developments in science and recognise the importance and place of science in their world.
On Wednesday 25th October 2019, six year five children joined Mr Finklaire at the re-launch of Queen Mary's College Science Centre. This purpose built room for KS1 and KS2 children has been open for twenty years and has very recently had a makeover. We have been using the centre for over four years now. It provides excellent facilities and equipment that we can't easily replicate in school. Our children also get to meet students from the college too.
We were one of only three schools attending the event. Students from the college and staff from AWE had set up four experiments for the children to attempt. These were making parachutes, making 'slime', making and testing rockets and using acids and alkali testing kits; these were used to make book marks too.
The guest of honour was TV personality Johnny Ball. Johnny made a very interesting, practical based and amusing speech about the pioneer scientists who discovered gravity. He officially opened the centre and then joined the children for lunch. They were delighted to receive a signed copy each of his latest book 'Mathemagicians.'
Queen Mary's College Science Centre is a purpose built classroom and self-contained outdoor study garden at our local sixth form college. It is used solely by local infant and junior schools providing facilities and equipment to support the national curriculum units that we study. Y3 recently visited to carry out experiments on magnetism.