Our Greatwood Science Vision
Our shared vision for Science has been developed by the teaching staff and the children here at Greatwood.
We are thrilled to announce that we have achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark for 2019.
What is PSQM?
Primary Science Quality Mark is not like other quality marks: it is a year-long CPD programme that helps schools to achieve a quality mark, whether science within the school has been a low profile for a while or the school wants to improve the provision further. It focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on science teaching and learning.
Sharing our expertise and teacher knowledge is at the centre of our successful staff CPD and our ongoing collaboration with Northern Star Teaching Alliance. On the 31st January we hosted the SCITT students for a full day of ‘hands on’ science.
Feedback was exceptional and the students are now fully equipped to plan and teach inspirational Science lessons throughout their placements and into their teaching careers.
Many thanks to Miss Carter for leading the day.
Reception Trip to Harlow Carr
On Wednesday 4th December our Reception class visited Harlow Carr.
The Yorkshire Rotters (a group of volunteers) taught us all about composting and how worms help to turn food into compost. We learnt a really fun song all about worms.
We then used magnifying glasses to look for the worms head, tail and saddle (where the baby worms are!)
We all made our very own wormery, complete with six worms to take home!
Afterwards we went out into the woodland and used natural materials to make our own mini beasts.
We are looking forward to welcoming the Yorkshire Rotters into school in the Spring Term (2020) to deliver a whole school day on composting.
Miss Carter set us all a challenge to ‘Take a Science Selfie!’
We have been so impressed with the many Science investigations, experiments and opportunities that the children and the teachers have experienced at home.
We’ve had Lilly who turned her house into a laboratory, James who was a Palaeontologist on the East coast, Georgie who baked some buns, Electra and Ariana who carried out a floating eggsperiment, Miss Carter who trained her snail to smile for the camera! Mr Finch who made a potion at the Cake’ole, Mrs Done who went out for a nature walk in Skipton Woods and so many more.
Spring Term 2020 Science:
During the Spring Term of 2020 we will be focussing on the following areas in Science. We will build on the Scientific skills that we have already acquired.
We cannot wait until to welcome Northern Lights to deliver a Whole School CSI day.
Educational visits and visitors are a key feature of our practical, hands on Science approach here at Greatwood.
Autumn Term 2019:
We have had a weekly KS2 Gardening club where the children have planted trees, looked after our school garden, built bug hotels and have even designed their own vegetable patches.
Our Year 6 chicken monitors have done a fabulous job in feeding, cleaning and collecting eggs.
Y6 took part in a STEM day at Skipton Girls High School.
Nursery had a visit from the Vet.
Reception visited Harlow Carr to find out about composting and mini beasts and made their own wormery complete with 6 worms to take home!
Year 2 visited Keelham Farm shop as part of their 'farm to fork' topic. They also visited an apple orchard.
Year 4 visited Eureka in Halifax to learn about the digestive system where they took part in a 'chew to poo' workshop.
Spring Term 2020:
The whole school will be having a visit from Northern Lights to deliver a Whole School CSI day.
Summer Term 2020:
Our Reception children will be visiting Hesketh farm.