Science at Ashbourne Primary School encourages curiosity, develops inquisitive minds and fosters a fascination with how the world works.
Our work is underpinned by our vision and aims: ‘Nurturing aspiration through happy, creative learning’. Our PRAISE aims are at the heart of every lesson and our focus on the removal of barriers to learning is firmly embedded into all areas of the Science curriculum.
At Ashbourne Primary, children will learn and enjoy science through practical and investigative work. As they move through the year groups, children will develop and test their own hypotheses, create a fair test and understand how changing variables affects outcomes. Children are taught how to use age-appropriate equipment and resources safely and accurately, from magnifying glasses in the exploration of habitats, to house-hold acids and alkalines to test their effect on different materials. At Ashbourne Primary, we are ideally located to utilise the natural environment – both in our school grounds and in the immediate area. A short walk to the local brook enables all children the opportunity to explore a water based habitat and conduct river flow studies. We provide an excellent foundation for further learning in KS3.
Science at Ashbourne Primary School
Science in Key Stage 1
Key stage 1 have been investigating materials to test their properties. Here they are testing how waterproof the materials are.
They have also been sorting materials into different groups.
They have been learning how to keep healthy, and to make sensible food choices.
During Science day, the children have spent time talking to STEM ambassadors from Rolls Royce, finding all about what they do and how they use STEM in their jobs!
Science in Key Stage Two
In Key Stage 2, we have been learning about a range of different topics. For example, in Year 3 we have been finding out about the human body. In Year 4, the children have been learning all about electricity and in Year 5 the children have looked at light. In Year 6, the children have been developing what they explored in Year 3 by finding out the human body in more detail.
Here, Year 3 have been finding out about the human body, labelling bones. We know that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
They have also been finding out about light and shadows, and conducting experiments to measure the size of the shadows when the light source is moved closer or further away.
Here the children are using force meters to measure push and pull forces.
They have also been learning about the digestive system, and have been carrying out practical experiments to model how it works! Wonderful, messy science!
Year 6 have also been taking part in a Bug Count Survey around our school grounds!