As a school we follow the 2014 National Curriculum and cover the subjects and topics as outlined in the statutory guidance.
For the Science Programmes of Study CLICK HERE
For the Science Policy CLICK HERE
Miss H Knowles and Miss Y Dyke have curriculum responsibility for science and can be contacted if you require further information.
Please contact the school office for further details.
At Elston Hall Primary School our vision for science is to provide a curriculum which offers the children the opportunity to explore the world so that they have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. We aim to nurture children’s curiosity through practical experiences that inspire questions and inquiry. Our children will be life-long learners who continue to have an active role in science.
Science is all around us and is an important part of our daily life.
We are encouraging children to think scientifically about the world around them in a fun and engaging way.
To support our children to do this we will be providing a range of practical investigations and key facts to discuss, on the newsletter and school website, for you to complete at home.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Principles of Science
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark!
The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is a nationally recognised award to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools.
This is a fantastic achievement for the school and we are extremely proud of all of the hard work that both the staff and pupils have put into the development of Science in school.
Children enjoyed learning about how living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. They learnt all about insects, annelids, molluscs and arachnids! Children were so engrossed they wanted to carry out their own research.
Year 3 enjoyed investigating whether a long bone would be stronger than a short or medium bone. They tested out rolls of newspaper to replicate bones and created their own table for their data. They then thought about the results and whether this is why humans have a backbone made of smaller bones.
Science Week June 2019
Casting spells, making potions
This is the week of such commotions
Stir, measure, mix and pour
What can all this fun be for?
It's Science Week in Elston Hall!
Nursery enjoyed experimenting making potions!
Year 3 observed, dissected and identified the key parts of a flower.
Year 4 wrote up their methods for making Butterbeer!
Year 4 investigating which material is best for a quidditch ball to travel the furthest.
Year 6 investigated the density of water, oil and food colouring.
January 2019 Severn Trent Water Visit
We had an exciting visit from Severn Trent. The children learnt some fascinating facts on how our tap water is created from river water and how waste water is cleaned to be put back into the river. The children then learnt ways that adults and children can reduce the amount of water they use and know the importance of saving water
July 2018 Science Day!
Year 1 found out about snot! What it is and why we need it to stay healthy. They carried out an experiment to find out whether thick or thin snot travels further when we sneeze!
Year 5 analysed vomit (home-made) and carried out an experiment in order to design the perfect sick bag!
Well done to the bird feeder winners!
Children at Elston Hall have been busy planning and making fantastic bird feeders as part of our bird feeder bonanza competition. Take a look at some of the amazing bird feeder entries.
Year 4 have had a wonderful experience at Aldersley High School learning about cells and acids. The pupils participated in a range of activities.
Classes 13 and 15 enjoyed their trip to Aldersley. Both classes enjoyed carrying out science experiments. Class 13 were able to use the microscopes to look at onion cells. Class 15 looked at how metals react with certain acids.
Year 3 have had an exciting delivery. We have received 5 caterpillars in a pot, to look after. We are keeping a close watch, and doing lots of research to find out all about caring for them.
Shannon has written our first diary entry, we will update every few days.
"The caterpillars had grown a bit bigger and there were more bits at the bottom. 4 of them were at the top 1 of them was at the bottom, lying down in a web."
The caterpillars are really big today. They used to be quite small but they have been eating and are growing longer and fatter! There are lots of silky webs appearing inside the pot. They are growing extremely fast and we measured one. He is 3cm and 5 mm long. It is hard to measure them as they are very wriggly.
By Lucas, Daniel and Leland.
They seem like they have grown ten times bigger. They were very cute and are still cute now, even though they are so big. The have made 20 or more webs and have been eating a lot.
By Sydney and Karammani
Since they’ve got older, they’ve grown bigger and fatter and they’ve made more webs. Hopefully, they’ll make a pupa and become a butterfly soon.
The caterpillars have grown quickly and today they have made a cocoon on the top of the jar. Three have done it successfully but one is still a caterpillar and one has fallen down. We researched this and found out it could still live if we rescue it carefully. Fingers crossed!
This week we have seen huge changes. Firstly, the caterpillars all became chrysalis, and hung from the top of the lid. This was the sign to us that it was time to move into the chrysalis station, and go into the net habitat. Mrs BC carefully moved them over. One chrysalis fell from the lid at the start of the week but we have researched it, and it should be ok if we lie it on a paper towel inside.
At the end of week 3, the chrysalis have started to hatch! We had the loveliest day, watching them emerge with crinkled wings and then rest after their big adventure. Everyone was so excited and we couldn't believe how quickly they came out of the cocoon. The one on the paper towel hatched at 8.45am and we all saw it! Ben has named the first butterfly Barry, so we have named the other three Gary, Harry and Larry. Larry has really struggled to come out of the cocoon, and might not survive, which makes us a little sad.
We have learnt that butterflies release red liquid called meconium but this is a sign they are healthy. They also need sugar water (nectar) to drink, so Karammani helped put some in the habitat on a flower. Mrs BC will buy them some fruit for their snack tomorrow - apparently they love oranges!
We think we might release them in a couple of days, but we are hoping the other chrysalis will hatch soon too. His name is Colin!
On Thursday 15th March, Year 3 became Scientists for the day at the Big Bang Science Fair, at the NEC in Birmingham.
We always love being hands-on in our Science lessons, so this day was a fabulous opportunity for Year 3 to try new things and aspire to many different Science based careers. We couldn't believe how many different kinds of Science we saw! Activities that day included carefully controlling robots, looking at the best conditions for seed growth, exploring flooding using forces and energy and making hovercraft out of everyday things. We loved seeing the RAF jet and JCB diggers up close - they were huge!
The day was full of challenges such as building a tower using marshmallows and spaghetti, lighting up a circuit successfully and creating a racing car to race against friends. We all had a wonderfully busy and inspiring day and look forward to putting our Science knowledge to good use in our future learning. Thank you to Miss Knowles for organising the tickets for us!
Children in reception were set a challenge to see how they could get toy animals out of ice.
Children could identify how the ice was formed and the best ways that they could collect the animals from the ice. The children identified that the ice could be broken or could be melted by making it warmer.
They put the ice in different places and found out that the best place for the ice to melt was near the radiator as this place melted the ice the quickest.
Children in year 1 visited the Thinktank in Birmingham. They learnt all about the five senses by playing lots of fun activities and challenges throughout the museum. They found out that even though we may not look the same on the outside, the insides of our body are the same. The children learnt about the roles of different organs and were shocked to find out how long intestines are! It was fun finding out about hearts and what happens to them when people exercise. The children enjoyed being doctors ands listening to their friend's heart beating. They were beating a lot faster after exercise! Outside in the Science garden year 1 were able to explore, they had a great time learning about forces and how things move. The visit certainly enhanced their learning in the classroom.
Children in Year 1 testing whether materials are waterproof.
Children in Year 2 have been learning all about living things. Children have been sorting and classifying objects into groups; living, never been alive and dead.
Children in Year 3 are currently learning about rocks and soil. Children have been sorting and classifying different rocks and then investigating the properties of these rocks to explore which would make the best roof tile for a house.
Children in Year 5 have been learning all about forces and the famous scientist Isaac Newton. Children have been investigating the link between mass and weight and the connection to gravity as a force. Children worked in groups to measure weight and mass of a range of everyday objects.