At Poplars, we believe it is paramount for our young scientists to develop their sparkling imaginations, fertile minds and curiosity through investigative first hand practical experience as much as possible. This enables them to discover the magic behind the scientific processes for themselves.
Children are encouraged to be independent and collaborative scientific investigators by designing their own creative experiments and by observing, exploring and asking questions about living things, materials and physical processes. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. Children share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables. Pupils are encouraged to combine interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude towards health and safety, as well as respect for living things and the physical environment. Scientific ideas are applied to real life problems including those that require aspects of design and technology to solve them.
Through science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving the quality of life. Children also learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
We generally incorporate science in to our topic work. So during our Megastructures topic, we did the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and from this we were able to plant beans and talk about what the seeds needed to grow. Once they grew, we revisited this as a reminder. We are currently doing pirates so we tied in Floating and Sinking (boats) and forces (wind moving sails and moving treasure chests etc.)
Science at Poplars covers so many areas from foundation stage through to Year 6. Here are just some of the exciting topics covered within the school:-
Teeth (even using real teeth to show the effects of sugary foods on our enamel);
Healthy eating for children and adults;
Magnetism and their uses;
Plants and photosynthesis;
Climate Change for World Environment Day;
Build structues with mashmallows and spaghetti;
Gases in the air;
The Water Cycle;
Condensation and evaportation;
The Earth and Beyond.
Alongside written work and lots of exciting experiments, we also enjoy lots of cooking in our cookery room!