Science

Subject Leader:  Mrs Mansell

Science Governor Visit Reports

Aims

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all Barnabas Oley pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Further School Information

We emphasise scientific enquiry more than any other area of scientific study.  We want pupils to ask questions and find the answers for themselves.  We also want to challenge their findings-to see if what they have discovered is always or only sometimes true.  In doing this, we are encouraging pupils to become even more inquisitive about the world around them. 

In order to present their findings, pupils have to be able to use and apply the skills introduced in Maths.  They need, for example, to read intervals on a number line so they can compare the value of data on a graph.  This is one of many more examples where the knowledge and skills gained in one area of the curriculum deepens their understanding in another. 

During Key Stage 1 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.

During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.

See also our Eco Schools Award page.

Science Week 2019

See Special Events Photo Gallery for a full report on the week's activities.

Science Week 2018

We love science and being Eco-friendly at Barnabas Oley. The school was filled with bustling scientists and eco-warriors! Our theme for the week was water. Classes explored plastics, pollution and wastage. Every class was involved and we carried out investigations, made posters, wrote poems, made recycled models and had discussions about whether plastic was a friend or foe.

Science Week 2017

We had an amazing week and the whole school was very busy and enjoyed carrying out lots of different activities. There were lots of visitors who came and visited each of the different classrooms. There were so many hands on activities and plenty of mess! We were fortunate to have a group of 20 Science leaders from Comberton Village College to help with our hands on activity day. The pictures show some of the activities.

We celebrated the end of Science Week with an Eco Fashion Show. Each class dressed a model using recycled materials. The whole school enjoyed watching the show and were amazed at the range of outfits that were produced.

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