Science

Mrs S Nawaz

snawaz@ridgeway.derby.sch.uk

 

At Ridgeway, we present Science as an exciting way of investigating and exploring the world around us. Children put on their lab coats and goggles to transform into real scientists. 

All children learn about a wide range of topics and will develop their scientific enquiry skills through elements of the curriculum in KS1 such as living things and their habitats, animals including humans, plants, everyday materials and their uses and seasonal changes. In Reception they develop these skills in the area of learning called ‘Understanding the World’.

We aim to develop children’s scientific skills through first hand practical experiences from their very first term in Reception. Children will take part in meaningful, fun investigations through which their ability to observe, predict, hypothesise, communicate and record will be developed. We also hope to foster responsible attitudes towards our environment and all living things.

 

To see the progression of Science skills and knowledge from Reception to Y2, please see the Curriculum tab.

 

March 2020

To celebrate National Science Week 2020, we delivered two exciting, practical days dedicated to developing children as Scientists. On Monday 9th March, children met up with their team (mixed year groups) and started to learn about a famous Scientist. These included famous icons such as Marie Curie, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

On Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th March, the real fun happened! After a whole school assembly, children were reunited in their scientist teams and spent around 30minutes in each classroom (over the two days) and completed an activity or experiment. Some of the activities/experiments included:

  • Making slime
  • Making your own volcano
  • Using and programming beebots
  • Testing materials to make an Astro-nappy for astronauts

At the end of the week, teachers chose a member of their team to be awarded the 'Super Scientist' medal. This was given for their  enthusiasm, science knowledge or teamwork amongst many other things that they demonstrated over the two days. Well done to the following children:


Archie [1], Jim [2], Rajjan [3], Cory [4], Bella [5], Oskar [6], Finn [7], Billy [8] and Amber [9]

 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

In 2015/2016 we ran an exciting whole school STEM project with the help of funding from Rolls Royce. The overall aim of the project was to raise the aspirations of our pupils in the STEM subjects and inspire them to develop into confident and knowledgeable Scientist, Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians.  As mini-project leaders the children took ownership of the project and worked really creatively through a number of STEM days and enriching experiences to transform our outdoor space and sensory developments.  As a result of all the children’s hard work we brought a new shaded outdoor classroom (The Sensory Den), laid new stimulating sensory pathways in our Sensory Square and even purchased an amazing, unique story chair for our outdoor learning environment.

 The project was hugely beneficial and improved not only the children’s knowledge and deeper understanding of STEM subjects and how these relate to jobs and real life but also improved the children’s overall enjoyment in science, maths, engineering and technology. It has also inspired a lot of our children to become life-long STEM learners with many of them reporting that they would like to become scientists in the future.

 We hope to continue to build on these achievements with specific STEM days throughout the academic year as well as inviting members of the community in to school to talk about their jobs based in STEM subjects. We also plan to further improve our outdoor learning spaces with a direct link to the science curriculum.  We are now in the process of creating a sensory wild flower meadow, developing the wildlife garden further and we have plans to provide a forest school summer club for the wider community.