Science

At Falmouth Primary Academy we strive to provide a high-quality science education that develops children’s understanding of the world through the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

In an ever changing world, where our children’s future jobs may not even exist yet, it is vital our children understand how science has already changed their lives and how it may shape future prosperity.

We seek to provide children with scientific knowledge, methodologies, and processes but also to give them the real world uses of this science. Our children are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation through exciting investigations, which build on their natural curiosity. They are expected to:

  • Try to explain what is occurring;
  • Use appropriate scientific vocabulary and ideas;
  • Explain the ‘why?’
 
We provide a range of different types of scientific enquiry throughout children’s time at Falmouth Primary and also encourage open-ended questioning, where they decide how to try to find answer. It is important children are not always directly guided to the ‘right’ answer and they realise that some of the most significant scientific advancements occurred from mistakes or someone saying ‘What if…..?’

As well as using technical terminology accurately and precisely, children will also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including:

  • collecting,
  • presenting
  • and analysing data.
We believe that as well as being able to understand a scientific enquiry for themselves, it is important our children can also explain this coherently and with a critical mind to someone else.

At Falmouth Primary we are passionate that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. Enabling all children to access a scientific education should also encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and responsibility, which are skills they can apply in all walks of life.

In the words of Carl Sagan, an astronomer and astrophysicist, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”

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Our Year 5s have been using their scientific knowledge to create a book about the Vikings.
Lobster class used their anchor task to draw together all of their learning this half-term about light and shadows. See the shadow puppet theatre shows created about their literacy film 'Tabula Rasa' - https://www.flexclip.com/share/d068c102a4c73b8643ab24af54558cb8.html
Science Club
 
We have an active afterschool club to promote children's love and interest in science.  This half-term it has been KS1's turn.
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Knowledge Organisers