Science

At Skelton Primary School, we believe that Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena, allowing children to be curious and to discover. We encourage children to ask ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’ and develop a lively interest in the subject. 

In Early Years, our naturally inquisitive students will learn through indoor and outdoor provision, as well as time in Forest Schools. They will make observations, read stories, ask questions and experiment, talking about things that they have found. 

In Key Stage One, children will build on their knowledge, learning about plants, animals, materials, habitats and the weather. Science is explored in a hands-on way, making learning memorable and fun for all learners. Children will develop scientific enquiry skills and complete investigations- choosing to use appropriate equipment and comparing variables. 

In Key Stage Two, children further their knowledge and skills, exploring chemistry, biology and physics in new and exciting ways. Children are introduced to forces, electricity, light, sound and evolution, discovering how and why things work and become more independent in their investigation. Children design their own enquiry, talk about dependent and independent variables and decide on the optimum ways to display their results. 

We strive for science to be practically taught and loved by all children and staff at our school, building children’s awareness of the world and the way things work. The curriculum is progressive and each year, every child is given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge and have the skills they need to find success. Scientific enquiry skills are taught in every lesson to allow pupils to master each skill then showcase them independently.

Our school works with STEM ambassadors around the UK to introduce our children to real life scientists and give them an understanding of science in careers. We firmly believe that STEM is for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or social-economic background. We celebrate ‘Science Week’ and love to have visitors to talk about Science! 

Check out our amazing Science activities!

Our plants topic in #SkeltonScience is getting exciting! We are growing seeds in different conditions and we are measuring how they grow over time. Interestingly the plants without water have started to grow shoots 🤔🌱 it has sparked some great scientific conversations 👍🏼

Last week we planned our experiment to investigate which material would be most suitable for the Three Little Pigs 🐷 Today we conducted the experiment and the findings were interesting! #SkeltonScience

The cold morning didn’t stop Robins and @Ducklings_Ske exploring! We found lots of ice and thought about how to melt it quickly. Some of us broke it into smaller pieces and others used hot water to make a river with a warning sign and a bridge ⚠️🧊💧#SkeltonScience

Today was our final day of the science experiment: Plastic bag VS Paper bag! The paper bag had changed so much since we buried it😧 We decided that paper bags are much better for the environment as they decompose much quicker than plastic 👏🏼#SkeltonScience

This week in #SkeltonScience we investigated how well sound travels through different materials 🔍 We put foil, sponge, cotton and plastic into our cup and string phones to see if it changed the volume of our voices 📞

In science today we were testing a range of materials to see if they bend, twist, stretch or squash 🧐Woodpeckers then wrote about why some materials bend/twist more than others, there were some very scientific answers #SkeltonScience

Our science experiment has kicked off! Our science topic is ‘materials’ and we are conducting an experiment: plastic bag vs paper bag. Thinking about our environment we are seeing which one decomposes quicker ⏱#SkeltonScience

There’s been lots of problem solving in our outdoor area today! How can we make stands taller? Does adding water make the ball roll faster? How can we collect the balls at the end of our run? Fantastic play and exploration #SkeltonScience

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