Science at Firthmoor Primary School
At Firthmoor Primary School, Science is taught following objectives from the National Curriculum framework and is covered through either blocked or weekly lessons. We aim to cover many objectives through practical investigations. Children are encouraged to share their ideas through a range of formats, including writing, drawings, scientific diagrams, tables and charts.
Children have the opportunity to take part in various educational visits linked to Science. Arrangements are made for older pupils to participate in Science lessons at local secondary schools, whilst Year 5 and 6 pupils also benefit from occasional visits from specialist secondary teachers who deliver aspects of Science.
Extra-curricular activities linked to Science have included a Science club to encourage girls’ participation in STEM subjects and challenge/enrichment sessions for higher ability pupils.
Children have access to a number of scientific magazines to further their scientific knowledge, and daily Topic Text sessions are often linked to the Science topics being covered.
Miss Lindsay’s class have been conducting Science experiments by investigating methods of separating a range of mixtures using filtration, magnetic attraction, sieving and evaporation.
Incredible Eggs to Fluffy Chicks
As an exciting part of their Science, Reception children took delivery of some eggs and an incubator recently. The eggs have hatched into beautiful fluffy chicks. The chicks took 21 days to hatch and we received them on day 17. We were all very excited to watch the chicks break through the egg shells and peck their way out.
Once hatched, the chicks had to stay in the incubator until their feathers dried out, and they were then transferred into a large pen to forage around in the sawdust. In the pen, there was an artificial ‘mother hen’ for the chicks to go under to keep warm, some seed for them to eat and water.
Many of the pupils and staff have enjoyed visiting the chicks. They will now be collected from us and returned to the farm, where they will be able to roam ‘free’ and lay more incredible eggs for future generations to enjoy the hatching process.