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Through Science at St Philips, children are encouraged to be independent, inquisitive learners who are equipped to ask questions about, investigate and discover the world around them. We will provide hands-on opportunities for pupils to develop their sense of awe and wonder into an essential understanding of life.

 

Through opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, we will continue to immerse pupils in our growing science community of parents, governors, Cambridge University STIMULUS Students, local science industries and our partner schools, providing pupils with a life-long curiosity for Science.

 

Science Ambassadors Information

Since 2018, St Philip’s has been proud to have a dedicated team of Science Ambassadors, responsible for championing science as a subject, providing pupils with an opportunity to share their opinions about science and supporting science events and competition across the academic year.

Look out for upcoming events and messages from the science ambassadors in the weekly parent newsletter

 

Science News 

 Autumn Science Competition

The results are in! This week, the science ambassadors from each class met and decided on the winners from all of the fantastic entries for our Autumn Science Competition. Well done to all pupils who entered. 

 

EYFS and KS1- First place goes to Mia and Aron for their beautiful Autumn Owls.

KS2 Winners: Imogen, Matilda, Rosie, Connie and Alma for their beautiful piece of artwork. 

 

Autumn Photo Competition

Autumn Photo competition Autumn is fast approaching! The changing seasons are a fantastic opportunity to explore the 'world around us' with your children, whether collecting leaves and conkers, taking photographs or challenging your children to sketch or write about Autumn. Tweet your pictures, artwork, poetry and more to the school twitter acount with the hashtag #Autumn2019 to be entered into the St Philip's Autumn Photo competition with science prizes for the best entries from each key stage. The judging will take place in the final week of half term with entries being judged by our newly elected Science Ambassadors. Good luck!

 

Parental information to support the curriculum 

Please find below links to useful websites for supporting your children with their learning in science for their current topics, general websites to inspire and engage your child’s area of interest  and finally hassle free experiments to try at home with your children.

 

Current Science Topics at St Philips:

KS1- Animals and habitats.

LKS2- Sound

UKS2-Light

 

BBC Bitesize provides a series of videos, games and texts for children to learn about their area of study. Simple search BBC Bitesize followed by the name of your pupils topic.

Museums in and around Cambridge- we are very lucky to be located in a centre for science learning, the city of Cambridge! The Cambridge Science Centre, Cambridge University Central Library and various museums have interactive exhibitions for children in addition to historical information about key scientists linked to pupil topics.

Did you know? CBBC have a range of children’s magazines which link to the Early Years and Primary Curriculum. These are available for both science and history and are available in all supermarkets.

 

Pupil interests

Pupils at St Philips have a wide range of interests within science which they often share with friends and teachers. Whether your child is passionate about space, animals or dinosaurs, websites and books are a great place to start when looking to engage children in learning more about their chosen interest.

National Geographic- ‘Kids Club’

Both National Geographic children’s magazines and its online ‘Kids Club’ are a great place for children to learn more about their area of interest. Their website features online quizzes, games and articles including about the recent Climate Change protests helping pupils to understand world events and head-line making events.

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/kids-club/

 

NASA

The NASA website has some fantastic resources and games, particularly in the build up to the upcoming Mars Rover expedition.

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/

 

 

Try at home, fun experiments:

Cosmos- a free online resource created by Cambridge Science Centre located on Clifton road. These often require store cupboard resources and include step by step instructions  for you and your children.

The website also includes links for Primary aged children to investigate the topics they are studying at school and ‘boredom busters’ a series of online games linked to different areas of science.

Miss Owen suggests!

‘Dancing raisins’ is a fun and easy to set up experiment which will spark question after question from children and adults alike. All you need is a small bottle of lemonade and a box of raisins.

https://cosmos.cambridgesciencecentre.org/login/

 

NC page 

Please find below the link to the Department for Education’s National Curriculum for Years 1-6 (Science is not explicitly taught in Early Years).

You may find this useful to support you pupil in their learning in addition to knowing what topics will be coming up in the academic year.

Also featured on the page is the curriculum for KS3 for parents of Year 6 pupils who may wish to explore the areas pupils will be studying in Year 7 together over the summer holidays.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

 

Upcoming Events

 

Autumn 1   Autumn Science Competition

                         Election of Science Ambassadors.

 

Spring 1    Parent workshop- hands-on experiments

                      (Miss Owen and Parent Scientist)

                      Big Battery Hunt

                      STEM Club Launch

                     Sustainability Competition with the Perse  Foundation

 

Spring 2  KS1 Primary Engineering Project

                     Spring Science competition launch

 

                     British Science Week  11-15th March 2020

                     House Science Day 15th March 2020

 

 

Summer 1        Science fair

                               Parent workshop- RSPB and nature walks

 

 

Summer 2        Pop up charity shop- sustainability project 

                               Pupil voice 

                               Parent voice