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At Phoenix Infant and Nursery school , Science is a time to foster and nurture the children's natural curiosity, build resilience and encourage team work. It is part of the curriculum that enables our children to make sense of the world around them through exploration , investigation and discovery. Children ask questions and learn how they can be answered through different types of enquiry. They make careful observations and undertake practical tasks to investigate a question. They predict and then explore questions on a number of topics. They seek to collaborate and work cooperatively with their peers, exploring how things work. Their focus is not only on the end result / answer but the process they took to reach their end result. Teaching Science offers students opportunity to increase their overall understanding of how and why things work. Science teaches children about the  world around them. This knowledge can be used to understand new concepts, make informed decisions and pursue new interests. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about science. The curriculum is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire scientific knowledge through practical experiences , conducting experiments and explaining concepts confidently.

Science Policy for academic year 2022- 2023

Testing to find which material is most suitable for a strong wind. Using a hairdryer we created our own wind. We made predictions for our materials. We found that materials that were heavy, strong, sturdy and hard worked best.

In Class 4 we have been learning all about our senses. We used our sense of taste to guess what food we were eating blind folded. We described whether it was sweet, salty or sour.

Summer Term 

Class 6 planting their bean seeds now that they have started to germinate.

Using bean seeds, food bags and damp cotton wool to observe the germinating process.

Spring Term

Creating our own microhabitat in our school garden to finish our topic Animals and their habitats.

Class 3 have identified a variety of common garden plants for our topic on plants.

Class 6 working with a partner to sort cards to create our own food chains

Autumn Term 2022

Class 5 have been learning all about the importance of a healthy diet. We have been talking about foods which are good for us and those which are not. We learned about the different food groups and designed our own healthy meal making sure we had a balance of foods from the different food groups.

In Class 3, for our topic on seasonal changes, we had a look and decided which of these clothes were appropriate to wear in autumn.

As part of our animals and humans topic Class 6 were investigating the best way to wash our hands. We used tea to represent the germs. 🦠 One child used cold water to wash their hands, another cold water with soap and the third warm water with soap. We found that the best way is to use warm water with soap.

Class 4 went into Mrs Cassidy's Garden to look at signs of Autumn

Class 4 did an experiment to see which materials are waterproof

Class 4 are learning about properties of materials