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 been exploring natural resources. The children have been introduced to our 'Curiosity Cuboid' which contains different natural objects for the children to explore each week. The children in Nursery have also been very lucky to learn all about Hedgehogs from Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue! They loved listening to the Zoom talk during which they learnt about Hedgehog habitats and diet. 
"Hedgehogs like to eat slugs and bugs." Nursery child, aged 4.
"I can see a birds nest!" Nursery child, aged 3.
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 noticed that the leaves are turning brown and falling off the trees!" Reception, age 4. 
"The leaves are crunchy now." 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 cress to exploring our local environment. We have chosen a tree within our school grounds to make observations on throughout the year. We have also explored minibeasts found within our sensory garden.  
"I know that in Autumn the leaves change colour and fall off of the trees" 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 how to look after animals.
'I have really enjoyed learning about how to look after a pet.' Year 2 pupil
Year 3 
The children of Year Three have been very enthusiastic scientists this term! We have looked at rocks and worked towards answering our big question of 'How is the Great Pyramid still standing?' The children have explored different rocks - identifying how they are made and what type of rock they are. They have created their own rocks using chocolate, investigated soil and fossils! 
Year 4
During the Autumn term, Year 4 have enjoyed learning about electricity. They have set up different circuits and tested materials as conductors and insulators. 
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. Here the children are investigating the flow of blood.
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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