Tell me and I will forget,
Show me and I may remember,
Involve me and I will understand.
At St. Teresa’s we believe that the best science teaching fosters and develops pupils’ curiosity in the subject whilst also helping them to fulfil their potential. For our pupils to achieve well in science, they need to acquire the necessary scientific knowledge and also be able to enjoy the experience of engaging and purposeful enquiry in order to help them answer scientific questions about the world around them.
‘A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 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.’
Thinking, Doing, Talking Science project for Year 5 pupils
St Teresa's is participating in an exciting science project this year. Thinking, Doing, Talking Science is a professional development programme for teachers with a focus on creative, practical and challenging science lessons. It was developed by Science Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. Through a trial in Oxfordshire, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), this programme has been shown to significantly improve pupils’ attainment in and attitudes towards science. The current project will evaluate whether the programme continues to be effective when it is delivered by other primary science experts across England. The project will be independently evaluated by American Institutes for Research (AIR).
AIR has randomly assigned participating schools to either an ‘intervention’ or a ‘control’ group. Teachers in the ‘intervention group’ will receive training in 2016/17 while teachers in the ‘control group’ will receive training in 2017/18. St. Teresa's have been assigned to the 'control' group and look forward to receiving training 2017/18.
Towards the end of their time in Year 5, pupils in all participating schools will complete a short science assessment and a questionnaire about their views of science that will be used to evaluate the programme. The test and questionnaire will be part of normal classroom activities and will take approximately 50 minutes in total to complete. The results from the assessment will only be used for the research and will not alter the teacher’s assessment of a child’s progress. The assessments will be invigilated, collected and processed by NatCen Social Research. The results will only be accessible to the researchers in the NatCen and AIR teams working on the project. The data will be kept confidential, in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Only group results of the programme evaluation will be published.
We're enjoying taking part in Mad Science after school club.
SCIENCE CLUB BLOG
With Mrs Rawlinson , a few of the year 6’s ( Harry A , Hugo D , Tom G , Alexander B , Cecilia C and Ollie M ) and some of the year two’s .
In science club we have done lots of fun filled activities with a pinch of science dropped in! Our first activity was making a bubble maker by putting a sock on the end of a bottle and dipping it in soapy water then blowing on the end. In this activity we learnt a bit of how to make a stable structure.
Next , we experimented with pipettes, coin and water . Here’s how we did it we put the coin on the table and used the pipettes to put the water on the coin and observed the water form into a dome. The adventurous children were amazed with the outcome of this activity and enjoyed it as well.
Our third activity was comparing different types of gloves and experimenting how astronauts felt when working with a space suit . We did this by trying to build with different construction toys including knex and lego. The children learnt how difficult it is for astronauts working on the outside of the ISS.
After that we made shadow puppets out of paper. The year 2s learnt how shadows work and why they get bigger when moved closer to their light source. This was more of a fun activity on a rainy day and they enjoyed playing with them.
Finally the last activity we did (when I am writing this) was a balloon train. We made it by attaching string to each side of the room then putting it through a straw. After that we taped an inflated balloon to it acting as its booster. We then let it go and watched it fly across the room.
We did many experiments and will be lots more in the last few weeks before the summer holidays.
The year 6’s