At Downside, we have an ambitious science curriculum that ensures our children leave us thinking like scientists, curious about the natural world and able to make evidence-based, informed decisions. We teach the big concepts in each discipline reinforced through children carrying out a wide range of practical investigations thus ensuring they are ready for the next stage in their education. We ensure our teaching is linked to real world solutions and problems to inspire our children to become the next generation of scientists.
Why Teach Science?
At Downside we believe that science is of fundamental importance for several reasons:
- Many scientific discoveries and science-based inventions shape our lives and will continue to do so in the future,making an understanding of science important for an understanding of the world.
- As science continues to develop, capturing pupils’ interest and encouraging an early love of the subject at Primary School provides them with the opportunity to move towards science-linked employment in the future.
- Developing an understanding of the natural world enables pupils to develop an interest in the planet on which we live. As children begin to recognise the many challenges it faces (E.g. the impact of climate change on polar regions and the impact of littering on the local area) they are better equipped to make informed choices both big and small in caring for and improving the environment.
- Understanding the workings of the human body enables pupils to make informed choices regarding lifestyle.
- Developing an evidence-based approach and learning to think carefully about data, moves pupils towards developing critical thinking skills that can be applied across their lives.
We also believe that the skills learnt through collaborating on practical tasks equip pupils for the future.
In addition, science can both fascinate and amaze, developing curiosity and providing opportunities to experience the joy of finding things out.
Click on the links below to find out more about science at Downside Primary and also the notable scientists of the past and present that inspire our children.
Downside children are given the opportunity to join a weekly science club that looks at a range of scientific issues and where the children can develop their love of science further.
Science Club-Reflecting light
13th Feb 2024
In Science Club this week, we directed beams of light through a maze by using multiple reflections and mirrors.
26th Jan 2024
Children in science club used Snap Circuit kits to recall and extend their knowledge of electrical circuits. They remembered that electricity only travels in complete circuits through electrical conductors. We discussed the role of switches in making and breaking an electrical circuit. The children began by following diagramatic instructions to build circuits using a range of components. Many then used their knowledge to build their own circuits. It was fun using motors that made spinners fly and incorporating a beaker of water into a circuit. The children know that water is an electrical conductor from their electrical safety lessons in year 3 but it was still exciting to use it safely as an electrical conductor in a working circuit.
25th Jan 2024
Children in science club enjoyed making and experimenting with bubbles. They investigated using bubble wands of different shapes and sizes. No matter what the shape of the wand, the bubble was always a sphere. This is because the air inside the bubble pushes out making the bubble skin into a sphere.
25th Jan 2024
Children at science club thought about some of the different climates on earth – including the polar regions. They were given some Lego figures trapped in blocks of ice. Their challenge was to find the best material for melting the ice so that the explorers could be rescued.! We use salt and grit on roads and school paths on really icy days as salt helps ice to melt when the temperature is below 0 degrees.