Science is the systematic investigation of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the world which relies primarily on first hand experiences.
Science for our children means exploring, discovering and investigating the world around them, deepening and improving their understanding of concepts already held and challenging ideas put to them.
The main aspects of science to be studied at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery will be determined by the programmes of study of the National Curriculum and as identified in the key stage plans based on the Kent Scheme of Work for Science.
British Science Week is a 10 day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that takes place 11-20 March 2022. At Garlinge we have enjoyed taking part in some fun science activities in our classes and outside using the environment around us. The theme of the science week this year is ‘Growth’. We have thought about lots of different ways that we see ‘growth’ around us.
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Since plastic pollution was brought into the public eye by Sir David Attenborough in 2018, here at Garlinge we have felt that it is a key focal area and that children are very keen to find out about the natural world, the ocean and how we as humans can help to make it a better place again. We have ensured that every term there is a day where every class thinks about and enjoys learning about an area of the natural world and an aspect of how it can be made better. These include the plastics as a pollutant and how to reduce the use of these and/or improve the recycling of them, climate change and global warming and the various impacts we have seen in recent years, such as wildfires in Australia. This was something that particularly grabbed the children’s attention and they wanted to find out much more about this. Assemblies are used to help explore these different areas and the children are enjoying a more creative way of learning when these days take place. With one of our school values being RESPECT we feel that the children will understand how, we as a population of people have such a huge impact on the world’s oceans and environments and how we need to respect these areas as animals habitats and also as part of the world that we live in.
Year Six have been building circuits this term and testing how effective they are when different components are added. We considered how the brightness of a bulb is affected when other components are added.
Year Six were also given some scientific equipment and chemicals from Chatham and Clarendon to show how a chemical reaction can take place when electricity flows through a liquid. In this experiment, the water has turned pink (acid) and purple (alkali) due to the electricity passing through the water and sodium sulphate! Just a small example of some of the exciting experiments ahead of the children as they move into secondary school.