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Science at Firthmoor Primary School

At Firthmoor Primary School, Science is taught in discrete weekly lessons from Year 1 to Year 6, following objectives from the National Curriculum framework.  Scientific enquiry is embedded in the curriculum and working scientifically skills are taught in context as often as possible.  Scientific enquiry is question-led and includes observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing; and researching using secondary sources.  Children are encouraged to share their ideas through a range of formats, including written explanations, drawings, scientific diagrams, tables and charts.

To embed scientific knowledge, key learning is revisited frequently and each Science lesson begins with five key fact questions to promote pupils’ recall of previous learning.  Numerous opportunities are given to embed vocabulary in Science lessons through the identification of key vocabulary associated with each topic, as well as vocabulary covering the working scientifically skills.  Children have access to a number of scientific magazines and non-fictions texts to further their scientific knowledge.

Science in Early Years

The EYFS framework sets out the content that should be covered in the early years, with much Science learning linking to the specific area ‘Understanding the World’.  Scientific enquiry in the early years is driven by children’s own questions and curiosity, as well as adult-led provocations.  Children are supported to notice similarities and differences, environmental features, make observations of living things, explain why some things occur and talk about changes.

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Irreversible Changes

Spring 2024

In Science Miss True’s class have been investigating irreversible changes. We mixed white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and found out that carbon dioxide is made.  The class got very excited when we investigated how adding more vinegar affected the amount of gas produced!

Experiments with different types of material

Spring 2024

Miss Jamieson’s class have been working hard in Science to find the best material for a pair of goalkeeper’s gloves.  They investigated the effects of friction and used Newton meters to measure the amount of force needed to move a weight across different materials.

Microhabitats Investigation

Spring 2024

Tuesday was perfect weather for investigating the microhabitats around our school. Our Year 2 scientists spotted lots of minibeasts and different plants. We can’t wait to see what we discover next time!

Plant Experiment

Spring 2024

In Mrs Coad’s class we have been learning all about plants in science this half term. Today we learned about what a plant needs to grow and we planted our own seeds. We planted a sunflower seed and a bean and we can’t wait to see them start to grow.

Visit to St Aidan’s – Science Taster

Spring 2023

Some of the children had a visit to St Aidan’s Academy where they took part in a variety of Science related experiments

Visit to Beamish

Spring 2023


Incredible eggs to fluffy chicks

Spring 2023

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.

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