Wherever you look, whatever you do and wherever you go, science is all around us. Human nature is to be curious about the world we live in and children enjoy being curious and inquisitive. From an early age children ask the question ‘Why?’ As parents and teachers we may not always have the answers to these questions but it can be fun trying to find out and make sense of what is happening all around us.
Primary Science is split into four areas:
- Scientific Enquiry
- Life Processes and Living Things
- Materials and their Properties
- Physical Processes
Scientific enquiry is the area that the children seem to enjoy most. Discovering things for themselves, rather than being told, is a great way to learn in a meaningful way. It’s not always finding out why things work but also learning from why things don’t work.
Simple activities can be carried out with your children at home or when you are out and about. I remember growing up with my mum, dad and sister and always experimenting with objects and materials. Will they float or sink? Why? Does adding salt to the water make objects float more easily? Why? What is a golf ball made of? Why? Does a golf ball travel further when it is hot or cold? Why? Where do bugs live? Why?…
More importantly my family encouraged me to look; to look up, down, left and right and ask questions and not be afraid to try and explain the whys and why nots that I encountered on the way. This now has a great impact on activities with my own children. We follow insects and creepy crawlies to see where they go. We look at leaves and try and find out why they change colour. We bake cakes and change ingredients to make the cakes more fluffy or more sticky.
Mr Andrew Langley, Science Lead
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