Science at Sir Henry Fermor is an engaging subject where the children are encouraged to be scientists so to investigate and understand everyday scientific phenomena. Through different types of scientific enquiry, children will be able to explore and appreciate the how and the why that surrounds science in the world around us.
Science teaching and learning will focus on:
Throughout their time at Fermor, children will revisit most topics, building on their existing knowledge to create a deeper understanding of the subject. From Early years, to Year 6, there are opportunities for exploration and investigation with children at the centre of everything we do so to inspire, believe and achieve.
This term, Y4 were lucky enough to visit the Ashdown Forest to support their learning in Science about Living Things and Their habitats. Through various activities ( including investigating an area of habitat inside a hoop and using a magnifying glass) the children spotted a wonderful array of minibeasts and a wide variety of different leaves and plants. Even on the walk there, the children were thinking about their surroundings by carrying out sound surveys at various points along the route. Some comments about the trip:
"This school trip was fun because we saw a butterfly, a centipede, a spider and some strange looking eggs. I really enjoyed our trip." Isla 4K
"This trip was fantastic because you got to know more about nature and discover new things." Ramone 4K
"I really liked the school trip because the activities were fun!" Max 4K
"My favourite part was going into the woods and hunting minibeasts I found a tiny spider and a centipede!" Bailee 4EN
"My favourite part was collecting the leaves and sticking them on the sheet. My best find was a little purple flower." Molly 4EN
"I loved playing the Hula Hoop game after lunch, especially as the girls won!" Bethany 4EN
The children devised their own experiment, looking at the effects of different liquids on teeth. Eggs were used as egg shell reacts in the same way as our teeth to liquids. They carried out daily observations and recorded their results to come up with a conclusion of which was the healthiest drink for our teeth.
Year 3 have been busy looking very closely at the parts of a flower in their topic: Plants - Identifying parts of a plant. They dissected a daffodil to recognise the different parts and labelled them with the correct names. The children were thoroughly engaged with their learning and could explain their findings.
Our displays around the school model how we build on the children's existing knowledge and deepen their understanding. The children at Sir Henry Fermor start each topic by recording what they know and want to know as we travel through their learning journey. We solve our questions through investigations and testing, investigating in books and using secondary sources, and by observing what happens over time.