Through the teaching of science at Ringwood Junior School we aim to ensure that all pupils:
Science curriculum units are divided into projects which offer many opportunities for working scientifically including practical experiments and creative investigations. The projects also offer opportunities for English and mathematics work as specified in the new National Curriculum for science.
Working scientifically specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It is not taught as a separate strand.
Year 5 Astrodome Visit
Year 5 were inspired, during their science topic on Earth and Space, by the arrival in the school hall of a giant planetarium! The Soton Astrodome, from University Of Southampton, visited school on Tuesday 1st December 2015 and gave pupils the opportunity to explore and learn about the solar system. Physics students, Jo and Mike, shared a short film about travelling to the Moon and used images inside the planetarium to teach pupils about stars and constellations. The session finished with an opportunity for pupils to have their questions answered by the experts.
Year 4 Healthy Eating
As part of a unit of work on Nutrition, Year 4 had a talk from HC3S (The catering company providing school meals in Hampshire). Pupils learnt about the importance of a healthy diet and what makes a balanced, nutritious meal. They studied a display showing the sugar content of a range of drinks and heard how school meals are selected for our school menus. The session concluded with the opportunity for pupils to sample delicious fruit kebabs and smoothies.
Summer term science - explaining the effects of water resistance
In science, year 5 have been identifying and explaining the effects of water resistance. The children have carried out investigations to find out how different shapes of plasticine moved in water. They were tasked with exploring the statement - ‘The flatter the object, the less water resistance there will be.’
Pupils were asked to think whether they agreed with this statement and how they will prove or disprove it. The children worked scientifically in carrying out the experiment and recorded their work in many different ways. After timing how long it took different shapes of plasticine to reach the bottom of a cylinder of water, they identified trends and shared their findings with the rest of the class.
Our summer term unit - ‘Forces in Action’ has been a real favourite by linking forces with real-life fairground examples. Mr Trotman has particularly enjoyed launching water-powered rockets and demonstrating rotational forces by spinning a bucket of water over his head!