We were delighted to be awarded the PSQM Gilt award for science teaching across our school.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

ce is certainly being fostered in the children at Smithdown Primary and you should all be incredibly proud of the impact your whole school actions have had on every child’s learning journey”

“Children are leading learning, engaging in hands on practical enquiry and showing curiosity and excitement in all that they do..”       

“The outdoor environment is used as a resource to enrich learning”

“The school is so fortunate to have such dedicated and
committed staff who are prepared to go above and beyond for the
children”

“You should all feel very proud of what has been achieved and the ethos to learning that has been created. I
have no doubt that there is a tangible buzz of science excitement and curiosity
around school and that children are certainly well supported to be the scientists of
the future.

“The important thing is to never stop questioning” Albert Einstein.

Intent

Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. At Smithdown Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum and we aim to develop a lively interest in science; encouraging children to ask “Why?” and “How?”  We strive to develop children’s curiosity through child led enquiry; developing a range of skills which will enable them to work scientifically in a range of ways.  Through this we hope to encourage a scientific approach to problem solving and an understanding of the world around them.

Smithdown Primary School Whole School Yearly Overview 2023-2024

Science in Y1 and Y2

Science in Y3 and Y4

Science in Y5 and Y6

We value the importance of developing inquisitive young minds by giving our children a range of experiences working scientifically. we endeavour to provide our pupils with a range of opportunities to work scientifically- starting in EYFS. Please click on the links below to see how we build on prior learning to ensure progression in working scientifically. .

Progression in working scientifically at Smithdown  

We are proud to be members of the Science Association; adapting and adopting key policies and documentation.  The following documents are useful to see how we further break down the progression in our science curriculum.

ASE PLAN documents – Working scientifically skills in years 1 and 2

ASE PLAN documents – Working scientifically skills in years 3 and 4

ASE PLAN documents – Working scientifically skills in years 5 and 6

In addition to this, we follow the ASE PLAN documents for progression in knowledge.

Please click here to see our knowledge progression from y1-y6

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Science Chatter

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The History of Telling The Time for Science Week

14-03-2024

We combined science with history with our TIME topic and looked at how tools to tell the time have changed over the years. We created a timeline of discoveries and measured out our own sundials with our protractors.

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Super Science lesson explore our human skeleton and the bones that we have.

01-02-2024

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year 1 Zoolab visit

30-11-2023

Year 1 had a visit form lots of animals today to celebrate our learning in science.

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Year 1 had a visit from zoolab

30-11-2023

Year 1 were very excited to have a visit from lots of animals today!

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Young Scientist Centre

23-11-2023

5NA went to a solar system workshop at UCLAN. We did lots of investigations all about the solar system!

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Bulb Planting in Crown Street Park!

23-11-2023

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RLMc visit Speke Hall

21-11-2023

Yesterday RLMc had lots of fun visiting Speke Hall. We looked at the changes for Autumn and we even saw a sleeping giant! We visited the giants house, kitchen, music room and even his playground. It was lots of fun!

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Y2science

15-11-2023

Year 2 have been sorting things into 3 categories-alive, dead and never been alive. We had a lot of fun looking at the things that were alive too!

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Y2 Classification

15-11-2023

Year 2 have been sorting items into Alive, Dead and Never been alive. We looked at the characteristics of Living Things by using MRS GREN.

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Year 2 science

15-11-2023

Year 2 have been sorting things into 3 categories – alive, dead and ever been alive. We had a lot of fun looking at some living things from the playground too!

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Year 3 have explored the different rocks that make our school. We discussed the key characteristics of each rock.

09-11-2023

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We have been learning all about animals in science today

08-11-2023

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We investigated the question are the oldest children the tallest today

19-10-2023

We investigated the question are the oldest children the tallest today in @SmithdownPrimY2 #smithdownsci

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Lots of discussion with our connect retrieval task today matching features of different stages of development

19-10-2023

Lots of discussion with our connect retrieval task today matching features of different stages of development. It was lovely to hear some of our fabulous new vocabulary being used independently #smithdownsci @SmithdownPrimY2 @baronbedford @Edu_Meadows

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After learning about life cycles with Years 2 & 5

19-10-2023

After learning about life cycles, @SmithdownPrimY5 kindly invited us to watch their butterfly release this afternoon. 4 classes of pure excitement 🦋 #smithdownsci @SmithdownPrimY2

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4LA exploring conductors & insulators

19-10-2023

4LA exploring conductors & insulators @SmithdownPrimY4 #smithdownsci

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4KM exploring conductors & insulators this week

19-10-2023

4KM exploring conductors & insulators this week @SmithdownPrimY4 #smithdownsci

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We then focused on how animals mature by looking at some life cycles…

19-10-2023

We then focused on how animals mature by looking at some life cycles. Mr. Ma let the Y5 caterpillars visit KS1 and just look at their faces. We identified some at pupa stage for some science in action #smithdownsci @baronbedford @Edu_Meadows

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Deep in conversation about animal offspring in matching mothers to young

19-10-2023

Deep in conversation about animal offspring in matching mothers to young #smithdownsci @baronbedford @Edu_Meadows

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3KMc exploring how opposite poles repel and like poles attract with magnets

19-10-2023

3KMc exploring how opposite poles repel and like poles attract with magnets #smithdownsci @SmithdownPrimY3

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4LA hard at work exploring switches in circuits

19-10-2023

4LA hard at work exploring switches in circuits #smithdownsci

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Today we kicked off our topic and Curriculum project

19-10-2023

Today we kicked off our topic and @Curriculum_USP project in @SmithdownPrimY2 by recapping what an animal is and learning about vertebrates/invertebrates @baronbedford @Edu_Meadows #smithdownsci

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4KM testing predictions about complete and incomplete circuits

19-10-2023

4KM testing predictions about complete and incomplete circuits #smithdownsci @SmithdownPrimY4

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4LA ~ Sorting mains and battery powered appliances today

19-10-2023

4LA ~ Sorting mains and battery powered appliances today, then working scientifically to test our predictions about positions of components in a circuit @SmithdownPrimY4 #smithdownsci

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Great afternoon with 4KM back to doing what we love the most – investigating!

19-10-2023

Great afternoon with 4KM back to doing what we love the most – investigating!! This time, circuits. They took up the challenge of making the light bulb light 💡 #smithdownsci @SmithdownPrimY4

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Kicking our electricity topic off in year 4

19-10-2023

Kicking our electricity topic off in @SmithdownPrimY4 by thinking about what electrical appliances we have at home #smithdownsci

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We are looking at life cycles in science…

19-10-2023

We are looking at life cycles in science, so now have 40 caterpillars that we are going to watch transform into butterflies. We have given them food, and are going to monitor them turn into chrysalises. #smithdownsci @MrsKellyx @MissGuy_

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We have been exploring different push and pull forces that require contact between two objects

19-10-2023

We have been exploring different push and pull forces that require contact between two objects. Lots of toys and actions helped us understand these forces. Year 3 did a great job of organising the forces into our Venn diagram. #smithdownsci

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Thank you to all the families who came to our stay and learn session today

19-10-2023

Thank you to all the families who came to our stay and learn session today.

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Labelling human body parts today with year 1

19-10-2023

We’ve been having lots of fun labelling human body parts today #smithdownsci @SmithdownPrimY1

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Science activities for you today Year 1!

19-10-2023

Lots of exciting science activities waiting for you today Year 1! #smithdownscience @SmithdownPrimY1

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Year 1 have had great fun labelling the body parts in science today…

19-10-2023

Year 1 have had great fun labelling the body parts in science today. Well done! #smithdownscience @SmithdownPrimY1

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Year 1 have been naming the body parts in science…

19-10-2023

Year 1 have been naming the body parts in science this week. #smithdownscience @SmithdownPrimY1

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Tasting different foods last week…

19-10-2023

Tasting different foods last week as part of learning about our bodies- some were a bit sour! #smithdowneyfs #smithdownsci

 

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We love incorporating baking into our Understanding the World lessons!

19-10-2023

We love incorporating baking into our Understanding the World lessons! We watched how the cake mixture changed state after we added water. #smithdowneyfs #smithdownsci

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Exploring changes of state

19-10-2023

Exploring changes of state through messy play. #smithdowneyfs #smithdownsci

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Making unicorn 🦄 playdough today to develop fine motor skills…

19-10-2023

Making unicorn 🦄 playdough today to develop fine motor skills and see what happens when cornflour is mixed with hair conditioner #smithdowneyfs #smithdownsci

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Planting some apple 🍎

18-10-2023

One of our superstars has planted some apple 🍎 seeds to see if they grow #smithdownsci #smithdowneyfs

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