Welcome to Springfield Primary School’s Science page. Through this page, you will be able to see a glimpse of the wonderful science that happens at our school.
British Science Week 2021!
After returning from lockdown, our Springfield children could not wait to explore, experiment and learn during British Science Week. Just look at what they got up to...
Reception have learned all about magnets and magnetism. We played with magnetic games and explored the environment (indoors and outdoors) to see what materials are attracted to magnets. We had great fun exploring and finding out what magnets can do - sometimes it even looked like magnets, especially if the magnet was very strong! Through our play, we also learned that magnets have a north and south pole and that opposite poles attract and the same poles repel. We tried moving objects with magnets through a layer, like a sheet of card or the table and then made our own magnetic games using a paper plate to move a duck on a duck pond or using a fishing rod with a magnet attached to catch fish!
Science week fell perfectly for year one as it was during our Science Topic on Plants and Flowers. We made ice gardens using plants and flowers, grew vegetables and a water purifying activity.
We looked at reduce, re-use and recycle, creating inventions that would make the world a better place. The children designed a water saving device for when they brush their teeth or use the shower (reduce). The children took part in an experiment to find out how much water is wasted if the tap was left on during the time it took for them to brush their teeth. They also looked at the affect of plastic on the world and made their own recycle bin (recycle), we did another little to test to show how plastic is harmful to living things using mustard seeds. For the third activity we had lots of fun upcycling objects (re use).
Year 4's focus for British Science Week was to think how we can all play a part in the big worldwide problem of plastic pollution and the impact it is having on our environment . We started with watching a David Attenborough video which focused on the impact so much plastic and the way we dispose of it is having . This was followed by class debates with opposing views about the benefits and drawbacks which also made us really think about our dependence on plastic. All the children then designed posters for display around the school with tips on how we can avoid so much use and everyone also made a pledge about how they could personally make a difference to the problem and their future !
Our Wonderful Science Learning!
Look at some examples of the fantastic Science learning across school, in our books and in our classrooms...
'Fixperts' British Science Week March 2019
For National Science Week this year, we chose the whole school theme of ‘Fixperts’, which entailed the children being presented with a real life issue or problem often from an elderly person or someone who has a disability with a specific problem to solve, for example, being unable to reach down to put their socks on. During the week each year group chose their own focus – Nursery looked at how they could communicate with people who might need help, Reception built bridges to help the Billy Goats Gruff get across the river, Year 1 designed items to help elderly or disabled people in their family, Year 2 made solutions for superheroes in trouble, Year 3 were given scenarios where they had to simulate a disability and find a solution. Year 4 and Upper Key Stage Two all had the exciting chance to work with ‘Intergen’ who are retired volunteers and are part of Trafford’s intergenerational scheme. A different volunteer visited each class and presented them with their real life difficulty – the children then spent a busy week planning, designing and making a product to help the person with their problem. The exciting week was packed full of enquiry based learning, with children using a growth mindset and following our Springfield Values, particularly using empathy as a motivating factor to ensure the product they made would really help the person it was intended for. The engagement in learning from all was fantastic to see and the feedback from children has been very positive: “I really enjoyed Fixperts because it meant trying lots of different strategies and it was very creative, which I loved”, “I liked the freedom we had to decide and working with people you wouldn't normally work with”, “Experimenting with the things that we made was my favourite part”.
How we introduced the idea...
Mrs Betts and Mrs Slonecki attended the SEERIH Annual Science Conference and participated in the 'Fixperts' workshop. They were so inspired by the idea of children learning though enquiry with empathy for a purpose that they decided to use it as the focus for British Science Week.
We really value professional development at Springfield and introduced the 'Fixperts' idea at our staff meeting - the staff were inspired and motivated to lead the project. Take a look at our pictures:
British Science Week ran from the 9th – 18th of March 2018 and it is the ‘Year of the Engineer’. To celebrate this occasion, during this week in school, each year group planned for a whole day of Science. The children in each class were required to build their own Marble Runs. Regardless of whether the children were in the lower or upper part of the school, each and every child worked as part of a team to build their runs. The ability that our children demonstrated to think creatively whilst persevering when they encountered problems with their model was excellent to see. Thank you to all parents/carers for supporting your children with the gathering of their materials. As ever, your support is very much appreciated! Please enjoy looking at some pictures from the week.
Sophia Brearley in Year 3 Madrid has combined her history knowledge with scientific enquiry! She has been learning all about the Egyptians in her topic lessons and created her very own moveable lizard that includes a working circuit inside. According to Sophia, it took her a whole day to create this project and she had a little help from adults at home – thank you very much for all of your support. Mr Pryle sent Sophia to show Mr Parums and his class; they were all amazed by her super creation and Sophia left with 23 merits and a head teacher’s award!! Hard work paying off – Well Done Sophia!
Fantastic Science in Year 5
In Year 5, we have been learning about the solar system. Our teachers assigned us the task of completing a project all about space. We chose to complete two tasks and we brought these into school to show off to our peers on Friday 9th February. We learned so much when completing this project and our enquiry skills were put to full use. We hope that that everyone enjoys looking at our projects and understands how much effort we have put in. We are all extremely happy with our final designs.Written by Joshua Moses and Beth Nutter, Science Leaders.