Science at Bessemer Grange

At Bessemer we aim 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.

Pupils are taught how to ‘work scientifically’ through the content of Biology Chemistry and Physics and across the curriculum.   Pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.    These types of scientific enquiry include:

  • observing over time
  • pattern seeking
  •  identifying, classifying and grouping
  • comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
  • researching using secondary sources. 

Key Stage One

Over the year, pupil’s in Year One will work on the following topics; seasonal change, animals including humans, everyday materials and plants.  The topics for Year Two are uses of everyday materials, animals including humans, plants and living things and their habitats. 

Key Stage Two

Pupils in Year Three learn science through the following topics;  forces and magnets, rocks, plants, light and animals including humans. The topics for Year Four are animals including humans, sound, electricity, states of matter and living things and their habitats. The topics for Year Five are properties and changes of materials, animals including humans, forces, living things and the habitats and earth and space.   The topics for Year Six are light, evolution and inheritance, electricity,  living things and their habitats and animals including humans. 

Here are Year Five enjoying a visit from some reptiles. 

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Early Years 

Science in Nursery and Reception is taught by helping children’s ‘Understanding of the World.’  Pupils learn through practical exploration and talk about how things happen and why things work.  Nursery children are given the opportunity to comment and ask questions about aspects of the world.   In reception, pupils learn about similarities and differences between people, places, objects materials and livings things.   They talk about features of their environment and how different environments may vary.  They also acquire skills to make observations of plants and animals and talk about changes that may occur. 

Nursery and reception have planted lots of bulbs in the outside area.  Keep your eyes peeled to see how they change and what they will turn into. 

Science Week 2018

The theme for this year’s British Science Week is exploration and discovery and we encouraged children to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring science in the world all around us.  The children across the school have taken part in some exciting science lessons, workshops and challenges.

To kick start the week we were visited by the Mad Scientists who delivered two ‘Whizz Bang’ assemblies.

The children took part in a whole school challenge to make the best ‘bug hotel’ for our nature garden. Congratulations to 5RS and 1LC for winning the competition. Take a look below at some of the creations. 

Everyone enjoyed completing science investigations over the course of the week.  Here are some of the activities we completed:

  • Early years made their own chemical reactions by experimenting to make a ‘volcano.’ 

  • Year One enjoyed exploring giant bubbles.

  • Year Two investigated the best way to melt ice and rescue some objects.   

  • Year Three loved using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to inflate a balloon.

  • Year Four observed some reactions to make their own fizzy colours.

  • Year Five explored forces by creating their own pinball machines. 

  • Year six investigated sound by creating their own speaker to play music from a smartphone. 

Here are some photos of everyone enjoying their workshops with the Mad Scientists. 

Thank you to everyone who came to our science fair.  The children enjoyed showcasing what they had been doing and exploring what had been happening across in the school. 

Well done to everyone who took part in the home school competition.  It was obvious that a lot of effort had gone in to making your minibeasts and posters and it made it hard to choose a winner.