We decided to join in the Great Bug Hunt completion once again this year. This exciting competition is now in it's 6th year, run by the Association for Science Education in partnership with the Royal Entomological Society. Our pupils were asked to identify a local habitat and explore and discover minibeasts within and create a project. We were amazed at all the wonderful work they produced and the creative ways the projects were put together. We submitted our entry and we are proud to announce we are the National winners of the 'Big Bug Hunt 2019!' Well done to all our girls and boys!
At the Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School & Nursery, we encourage a fascination and love for science and make connections between science and their everyday lives. By the end of KS1, children are expected to have developed a good understanding of a variety of science concepts, be able to talk about them as well as work scientifically.
We aim to increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. We hope to enthuse their natural curiosity and encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment, as well as provide opportunities for critical evaluation of the evidence they find.
Our Science Curriculum
§ Develops scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
§ Develops understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
§ Equips pupils with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
§ Uses a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including the use of technology, diagrams, graphs and charts.
§ Promotes the respect for the resources and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
§ Develops an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
EYFS Curriculum Links:
§ Pupils learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.
§ They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.
§ They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
KS1 National Curriculum Links:
Pupils are taught to
§ Ask simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
§ Observe closely, using simple equipment.
§ Perform simple tests.
§ Identify and classify.
§ Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
§ Gather and recording data to help in answering questions.
§ Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
§ Recognise that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other.
§ Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats.
§ Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
§ Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.
§ Find out and describe why plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
§ Recognise that animals, including humans offspring and grow into adults.
§ Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).
§ Develop an understanding of the need for humans to exercise, eat the right types of food, and be hygienic.
§ Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.
§ Find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.