Welcome to our Science page. Please have a look at our Science Rationale and Progression Map.
Science at Priestsic
At Priestsic Primary School, we teach our pupils to be curious about the world around them and develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills through first hand experiences and also through developing a rich knowledge.
Science Progression Display
We have created a whole school display which shows progression within 'Investigative Science' from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 6.
We have been finding out about plants. We have observed them to look their different parts, including: roots, leaves, seeds, petals and stem. We have created observational sketches of plants. We have set up a range of experiments to find out what plants need to stay alive. We put a plant into a cupboard and one on the window sill to check to see if a plant would grow without light. We put a plant outside and one inside school to check if the plant grew better in the heat or in the cold. Our investigation enabled us to find out that plants need light to grow but they grew quite well in the heat or in the cold.
We have been finding out about different materials, including: plastic, metal, glass, fabric, wood and paper. We have sorted them into groups and discussed their properties, using words like: rigid, waterproof, absorbent, transparent and opaque.
In Year 3, the children have been experimenting with shadows! They have thought about how shadows are formed, experimented with making shadows as well as changing the size of them. Who knew shadows could be so interesting?
Our Seed Race!
We carried out a scientific investigation to find out, which seeds would grow best, chick peas, popping corn, black beans or a split pea. We set up the experiment, planted the seeds and watched what happened every day. We recorded our results each week in our seed diary. We found that the chick pea won the race and the popping corn was second.
In our Science learning, we have been looking at the parts of a plant and the role of the different parts of a plant. We have planted some of our own plants, ensuring that we water them regularly to keep them healthy.
Year 3 went on a residential trip to Rand Farm. We learned so many things from seeing and working on the farm. As well as learning about all of the animals, we found out about different food groups for a healthy, balanced diet and we learned about plants through planting vegetables.
In Year 4, we visited Yorkshire Wildlife park to see all of the different animals they have there. We also learned all about different types of animal teeth, why they are needed and how they are used. We even got to hold a African Land Snail, a dung beetle and stroke a snake!
Through our studies of the earth sciences, we found out more about the solar system. Whilst creating the solar system, we were researched different facts about the planets. We explored gravity and carried out experiments to see how craters are formed.