Science

Science Education in the Primary School is about developing an understanding of and making sense of our environment, primarily through experience, exploration and interaction with scientific phenomena.

The purpose of gaining this understanding is to enable pupils to take responsibility for their role in the maintenance of a healthy life and the creation of a safe environment; not only for the benefit of themselves but also for fellow human beings, animals and plants in our world.

Working scientifically in the Primary School extends and enhances a child’s natural curiosity and we encourage children to ask scientific questions about the world around them.  Children are given opportunities to predict, observe, record and draw conclusions in experiments and investigations to nurture inquisitiveness.

We love learning scientifically here!

Mrs. Ross (Currently on maternity leave) and Mrs. Hines

This is how we ensure progression in scientific skills throughout the school and the topics we teach at Dale Hall.
Science Week 2019- 'Hive Detectives'
We are buzzing with excitement!
We are really proud of all the exciting science taking place inside and outside of the classrooms over the autumn term at Dale Hall. Here is a small selection of what we have been doing.
Year 6 Science
Autumn term
We have been describing how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences particularly focusing on plants, animals and micro-organisms. We have planned a scientific investigation to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.
Year 5 Science
Autumn Term
We have been comparing and grouping materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We have been observing that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and finding out the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C). We have been identifying the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associating the rate of evaporation with temperature.
Year 4 Science
Autumn term
We have been looking at a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
Year 3 Science
Autumn term
We have been comparing how things move on different surfaces. We have noticed that some forces need contact between two objects (push/pull), but magnetic forces can act at a distance. We have been observing how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. We have been comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identifying some magnetic materials. We can describe magnets as having two poles and predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.
Year 2 Science
Autumn term
We have been noticing that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We have linked life cycles to our Power of Reading book. 
Year 1 Science
Autumn term
We have identified, named, drawn and labeled the basic parts of the human body (including head, neck, arms, elbows, legs, knees, face, ears, eyes, hair, mouth, teeth) and can say which part of the body is associated with each sense. We have investigated the five senses thoroughly. We have also been observing changes across the seasons.
Reception Science
Autumn term
We have been talking about some of the things we have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects. We have been develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time by looking closely at tomatoes grown on the plants in our outdoor area.
 
Our Science Week Fancy dress winners!
 
We won a butterfly house we can decorate and put together in our gardens at home.
 
Reception: Imogen
Year 1: George
Year 2: Noah
Year 3: Hazel
Year 4: Scarlett
Year 5: Charlie
Year 6: Poppy