Ponsbourne St Mary's Church Of England Primary School

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Curriculum Intent

At Ponsbourne St Mary’s Primary School our vision is to give the children a science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world in which we live.  To achieve this, our science lessons involve exciting, practical and hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.  We inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity; promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them.  Our children will be encouraged to ask questions, take risks, experiment, reflect and learn from mistakes, in a safe environment; whereby they acquire and apply core skills which equip them for an ever-changing world. 


Curriculum Implementation

We offer our Early Years children the opportunity to be ‘young scientists’ by exploring and investigating the world around them. This is taught through both 'adult led' sessions throughout the term as well as areas set up inside and outsdie of the classroom for exploration. In Key Stage 1, we develop scientific enquiry skills and subject knowledge about animals, plants, materials and seasonal changes.  In Key Stage 2, we build on this prior knowledge to develop scientific skills and knowledge of physical, biological and chemical science.  We intend for our children to leave with the skills and enthusiasm to be the future STEM leaders in our community. These areas are taught on a two year rolling plan to ensure children have ample oppourtunity to understand science at a deeper level. 


Our aims in teaching science include:

- To stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity and develop their interest in, and knowledge of, phenomena and events of the world around them.

- To offer a range of activities which can engage all learners by linking direct practical experience with ideas, encouraging critical and creative thinking.

- Preparing our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.

- Fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment

- Helping our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas and famous scientists.

- Helping develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.





Science Week 2024

For Science Week 2024, we enjoyed a variety of activities that explored the concept of 'time'. Adventurers learned about life cycles of animals and completed some activities using the story 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. They also found out how warm water can affect skittles over time. The other classes carried out an experiment to understand how the setting of jelly can be affected by adding fruits with different acidity. They also learnt about types of animal camoflage and spent time creating their own camoflaged moths to hide around the playground.


At the end of the week, we invited Professor Peewee from Einstein's Entertainers to show us some exciting experiments around the theme of 'time'. He explained how gravity works and 'wow-ed' us with dry ice and fire experiments.