Science at Sandy Hill Academy

At Sandy Hill Academy, our vision is to ignite pupils' curiosity and encourage them to confidently explore and discover the world around them, so that they develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in.

Through our practical and enjoyable curriculum we aim to inspire and excite our children and foster a thirst for knowledge.

In addition the teaching of science will promote and develop transferable skills such as observation, communication and teamwork and allow mathematical skills to be applied.

Please see the document links at the end of this page to learn about the full Science Curriculum at Sandy Hill Academy. 
In Nursery, Science learning is found within the Understanding the World strand of the EYFS curriculum. During this Autumn term the children in Nursery have regularly been exploring our outside world. Here are some pictures capturing us exploring and comparing natural objects within our local Nursery garden environment...
"I can see lots of trees and houses." Nursery child, aged 3.
"I found an acorn that Squirrels like." Nursery child, aged 4.
In Reception, Science is incorporated within the 'Understanding the World' area of learning. Children are encouraged to be inquisitive and question within this strand of learning. Simple scientific activities are conducted through the year such as; melting ice, exploring floating and sinking, life cycles and planting. Through the year children will observe and notice the seasonal changes that happen and these observations are encouraged at home as part of their optional topic homework. 
"We planted bulbs! The water and sun will make them grow!" Reception, age 4. 
"We are going to water the bulbs so they can grow big." Reception, age 5. 
Year 1
In Year 1 we have been learning about Plants and have they change through out the year- linking to our topic of Seasonal Changes. We have enjoyed growing our own grass and cress to investigate how plants grow in different conditions. 
"I know that an evergreen tree is always green!" Year 1, age 5. 
"Plants needs water, soil and sunlight to grow." Year 1, age 6. 
Year 2 
In Year 2, we have been learning about Animals including Humans. We have learned about what we need to keep a healthy balanced lifestyle and learned about the life cycles of animals.
'Did you know a female frog can lay 1,000 eggs at a time?' Year 2 pupil
Year 3 
In year 3, the children have enjoyed learning about Rocks. We worked to answer our Big Question: 'How is the Great Pyramid still standing?'  The children created their very own model to simulate mountains being formed, explored different rocks through a chocolate investigation, investigated soil and created fossils.  
'I had to press really hard on the chocolate layers to create sedimentary rock'  Year 3 pupil. 
'When I push the tectonic plates together they make a mountain' Year 3 pupil. 
'I could see lots of different insects living in the soil' Year 3 pupil.
Year 4
During the Autumn term, Year 4 have enjoyed learning about electricity. They have set up different circuits and explored our 'Big Question' - How much electricity does it take to power a football stadium? We found out that the power used in a 90 minute game could keep more than a dozen homes going for an entire year!
"I really enjoyed finding out the answer to our Big Question, I was surprised by how much electricity powered a football stadium!" - Year 4 pupil, aged 8. 
Year 5 
During the autumn term, Year 5 have enjoyed learning all about materials and their properties. We have conducted several investigations including testing the properties of jelly and conducting a comparative test investigating the absorbency of different brands of kitchen towels.
"I've really enjoyed completing the different investigations in science!" Year 5 pupil, aged 10.
Year 6
In Year 6, they have studied two areas of Science, the human body and light building upon our previous learning - they have completed many exciting investigations and learned lots.
'I get to do a lot of experiments and I enjoy them' Year 6 pupil 
The Wider Curriculum 
Year 6 'Ogden Trust' Science Busking Day
A group of pupils from Year 6 were lucky to be selected to participate in a virtual science workshop led by 'The Ogden Trust'.  The children took part in a variety of science investigations which they will investigate further in class and later in the year demonstrate to the rest of the school in a science assembly.
Useful websites for Pupils and Parents/Carers
Document Links 
Teaching and Learning Principles
Active Science across the school
Year 3 linked their learning on 'Light and Dark' to create a Nativity Shadow Puppet Show which they were proud to share with parents. 
Science Curriculum Overview 
Skills Progression - Science
Below is the skills progression across one of the Science strands, Animals (including humans).
Science Fair
Classes from across the school worked collaboratively on science projects which were judged as part of the Aspire Science Fair.

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