The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Science is a very hands on subject, with a vast array of practical investigations from melting and freezing materials to creating slime, applying knowledge of forces to create and launch bottle rockets and thinking about the world around us by exploring habitats. Science is a subject that stimulates and excites pupils' curiosity about the world around them.
Here are some wonderful resources and websites for you to explore with your children whilst we are home learning. Please look carefully at the age group the activities are designed for to match your child's age, stage and ability.
- Do try this at home ! Easy experiments to try at home, https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/25416/do-try-home
- Primary chemistry demonstrations to inspire scientific thinking, https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/collection/4006/primary-science-demonstrations
- Storybooks can be a great stimulus for science at home. Parents/carers can get ideas for what to do by going to, https://www.stem.org.uk/teaching-science-through-stories
- Explorify, https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/. If you are not familiar with Explorify it is a free and excellent resource that is produced by The Wellcome Trust. You do not have to be a Teacher to register to use it. Parents could do one Explorify activity a day with their children. Remind them to mark each activity that they do as 'done' to unlock more activities.
- Reach Out Reporter, https://www.reachoutreporter.com/. Reach Out Reporter is a free weekly science news programme for primary aged children. Parents could watch it each week with their children. The website has lots of suggestions for how to use the news bulletins to spark science conversations.
- Royal Institution: Experimental, https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental This is a dedicated website for home science activities which are fun and easy to do.
- Parents with access to a garden can download free mini-beast spotter guides from OPAL: Explore Nature, https://www.opalexplorenature.org/ I would also recommend sharing the Woodland Trust's 'Trees for Schools' website, http://treetoolsforschools.org.uk/menu/?_ga=2.146391348.1461780378.1584897294-1414910273.1584897294 with parents which has lots of great activities that you can do in a garden or wood.
- The PSTT has a great resource for after school science clubs that parents could easily use for home science activities instead, https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/childrens-university-stem-clubs
- Parents/carers could run their very own science reading challenge using this great PSTT resource, https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/science-reading-challenge
- Parents/carers can get loads of great ideas for activities themed around rocks/dinosaurs/fossils from this great PSTT resource, https://pstt.org.uk/resources/curriculum-materials/big-jurassic-classroom
- Other really good websites to share with parents are:
- Marvin and Milo, http://www.physics.org/marvinandmilo.asp
- The Science Museum - go to their learning section, https://learning-resources.sciencemuseum.org.uk/resources/
- Science Sparks https://www.science-sparks.com/
- The Ogden Trust, https://www.ogdentrust.com/resources-cpd/resources
Online resources for schools to support learning at home from TTS
TTS-group has created a curriculum-focused independent learning resource with over 40 home learning activities all planned and all prepared. They are free to download and can be printed and shared with the children or sent electronically. The resource:
• is created for teachers by teachers
• includes activities for all curriculum areas
• is easy to use with all tasks explained clearly
• helps to revise and embed curriculum learning at home
• is mobile friendly