At New Bolsover we like to make science as fun and hands on as possible- promoting challenge and curiosity. Children are encouraged to be inquisitive and to ask questions about the world around them. This starts right from nursery where children explore the setting and begin to wonder how and why. Throughout school, we have a big focus on reading and vocabulary so children are exposed to and expected to use the vocabulary they learn in their science lessons.
From KS1, we use a scheme called Switched on Science which helps us to plan engaging, vocabulary rich lessons that the children really enjoy. Teachers think carefully about the children and tailor lessons carefully to their needs and interests. We work on recording in a variety of ways and do a lot of collaborative learning to help share our knowledge. Some of the topics covered across school are: animals including humans, living things and their habitats, electricity, forces and magnets and seasonal changes. Where possible, science lessons are active and offer children chances to explore and discover through physical activities, while also encouraging deep and scientific thinking.
Each year, we celebrate British Science week. The theme varies each year (this year’s theme is Our Diverse Planet) and as a school we enjoy carrying out experiments and researching into the topics further. This year, we plan to have a Friendship Friday-where each class will carry out an activity based around the theme- to help us celebrate the event.