Science at Thriplow
Science and technology have a significant impact in many aspects of our daily lives. We want to encourage our children to recognise and explore that impact. 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. Through our Science lessons we encourage our children to make links, to explore and learn from the Science of the past and use it to investigate the present and to develop for the future.
Our Science lessons are planned to be delivered in practical and exciting ways with links to other areas of the curriculum, where possible. We work scientifically by questioning, predicting and planning and therefore aim to develop these abilities alongside the subject knowledge.
Our Science curriculum is planned to allow progression in the children’s learning as they move up through the school. In Key Stage 1 and 2 Science is normally taught in weekly sessions but it is timetabled flexibly to allow for longer sessions if the children are required to complete an investigation. 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 eye-catching displays around the school. However, it is at its most obvious during Science Week when the entries for the yearly Science competition take over the hall. In the past, Thriplow pupils have used the 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.
We haven't been able to have our Science competition this year, however, instead we have worked within our 'bubbles' to tackle a 'Mystery Science Question' Which is stronger?(cotton wool or spaghetti) that was delivered to every class in the school. The children showed such enthusiasm and imagination as they tackled the question and impressed the teachers with their ideas and methods as they sought to answer it. The children have decided that they would like to make the Mystery Science Question a regular event.