Science at Thriplow
Science and technology have such an influence in so many aspects of our daily lives. We want to encourage our children to recognise and explore that influence. We want them to understand that although our study of Science is often based on theories and discoveries that are ‘old’ and well established it is also a subject that is rich in new discoveries and theories.
We are using the Primary Knowledge Curriculum as the framework for all of our Science teaching and learning at Thriplow. This curriculum is planned to allow a clear and incremental progression in the children’s learning and knowledge as they move up through the school. You will find the PKC Science Curriculum for the year attached below.
Through our Science lessons we aim to support the children in developing a depth of subject knowledge and a thorough understanding of scientific vocabulary. Our Science lessons are planned to be delivered in stimulating ways with links to previous learning and to other areas of the curriculum. We provide opportunities to work scientifically by questioning, researching, classifying, predicting, planning and discussing our findings.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 Science is normally taught in weekly sessions but it is timetabled flexibly to allow for longer sessions so that the children can complete lengthier investigations. In Reception, Science is integrated throughout the curriculum and scientific skills are developed through playful learning.
The enthusiasm for Science at Thriplow can be seen in lessons, through talking to the children about what they are learning and in the informative displays around the school. Thriplow pupils have also used the annual Science competition as an opportunity to explore many areas of Science, most recently to investigate famous scientific discoveries and to find out about plastic and its impact on our environment.
Over the past two years, due to the pandemic, we haven't been able to hold our Science competition. Instead however, we have worked within our 'bubbles' to tackle some 'Mystery Science Questions' that were mysteriously delivered each term to every class in the school. The children showed such enthusiasm and imagination as they tackled the questions and impressed the teachers with their ideas and methods as they sought to answer them. The children have decided that they would like to make the Mystery Science Question a regular event in future.