A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The aims of our science teaching, as a discrete subject, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic First School are aligned with the aims of the National Curriculum and seek to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life, to build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world, to use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science, to develop the ability to record results in an appropriate manner including the use of diagrams, graphs, tables and charts and to develop pupils’ use of information and communication technology (ICT) in their science studies.
Through strong partnerships with organisations such as the Ogden Trust, we continuously strive to provide enriching experiences for our pupils and parents including family learning nights and science themed days. For example, we were visited by astronaut, Steve Swanson, and held yr 2 overnight Space Camps as part of our Space Education Quality Mark Programme (2018-2019).
National Curriculum Science Programme of Study:
Ogden Partnership Year 3 Light day at Bidford Primary School
Introducing our Year 4 Science Assistants
Year 1 Sphere Science Day including our Ogden Trust Partnership Schools
The year 2 children wrote letters to Astronaut Al Worden
Year 1- 4 Meet NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson
Year 3 Astronaut Training in the Ogden Trust “Phizzi News’
Last month, all the children from Mount Carmel Catholic First School took part in a space themed assembly. The children’s imaginations and enthusiasm were sent into orbit when Space Camp Sam landed at the school to share her knowledge of the Stephen Hawking Foundation who are sponsoring the Year 2’s first ever Space Camp sleepover in March.
Space Camp Sam showed us how to do two things at a time like shouting out numbers and stepping up and down on a stool. She asked us to create our own space camp mission patches and draw the planet we wanted to travel to. It was great fun training like an astronaut!
Jaiann Year 3
In the afternoon, 60 Year 3 children trained to be astronauts as they undertook a variety of missions.
The day was part of a year-long celebration of space which will see the school undertaking the Space Education Quality Mark.
An exciting, vibrant way to bring space travel alive for the children. Sam helped them to imagine how it would be to prepare for a life as an astronaut. The children were buzzing with excitement.
Mrs Rooney Year 3 Teacher & Assistant Head
Our Lady of Mount Carmel First School was part of the Ogden Bidford Primary Partnership. Although the Ogden partnership funding ended in 2016 after its four-year cycle concluded, the seeds of science had been well and truly established.
Scientists of the Month October 2019