Welcome to the Renhold Primary School Science page!
We are so pleased to have been awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark - Gilt Award in November 2019.
Our Science Vision
Science and Engineering are vitally important industries in the modern world. Even if children do not become scientists or engineers they will grow up in a world that requires scientific literacy and critical thinking skills. Science is all around us and helps children to make sense of the world.
At Renhold Primary School we recognise the importance of Science and strive to maintain a high profile for the subject within our school. Our desire to empower and motivate children to develop a lifelong love of science is reflected in our curriculum, extra- curricular activities and nurturing learning environments.
A scientist observes, questions, creates hypotheses, experiments, records data, and then analyses that data. All children can be scientists by following their own natural curiosity, and at Renhold Primary, teachers help to build and reinforce these skills so that children are able to thrive and achieve.
Renhold Primary School aspires to provide excellent opportunities for Science so that children can:
Make meaningful links between classroom learning and the real world in order to develop their understanding of Science
Develop scientific literacy and critical thinking skills by designing and carrying out their own investigations
Make progress; growing and fulfilling their potential regardless of their circumstances
Nurture their curiosity by asking ‘big’ questions, in turn developing wonderment and a sense of excitement
For the above principles to be achieved, we will:
Provide frequent, high-quality, real-life experiences related to Science
Provide teachers with opportunities to further develop their subject knowledge
Provide opportunities for children to ask their own questions, experiment and plan their own investigations, giving them the support they need to be able to develop scientific skills
Provide well maintained, organised and up to date resources, including IT, which will support learning
Our Science Curriculum
Science Capital at Renhold
At Renhold, we aspire to increase the science capital of all of our children.
One example is our Science Job of the half term. These are displayed in every classroom and relate to the science topic being taught. Our aim to to make children aware that science is part of everyday life and more job roles than they might think.
Scientist of the Term
Each half term we also share our current Scientists of the half term to promote scientists of all backgrounds. We aim to be as diverse as we can.
Ellen Ochoa (1958-present)
Also a member of the small group who has traveled into space, Ellen Ochoa became the first Hispanic female to travel in space when she flew on a 9 day mission on the Discovery in 1993. Logging over 1,000 hours in space, Ochoa flew on 3 other space flights, and after her time as an astronaut, she has severed in different leadership positions of space organizations. When she became the director of the Johnson Space Center, she was the first Hispanic director and its second female director
SCIENCE AMBASSADORS ARE BACK!!!
We will be looking to recruit new Science Ambassadors in September 2022 for the next school year. We are excited to bring back this exciting opportunity to the children of Renhold Primary School.
Science at Home
To help support your child's science learning and encourage them to practise their scientific skills at home, why not try one of the home learning investigations below.
Each investigation is fun and easy to do at home and doesn't take much organisation.
We hope you enjoy investigating!
We had to put our Science Ambassador project on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic but hope to start this again very soon. .
Our previous Science Ambassadors created home investigations to try out and . Follow the easy steps to have a go yourself at home.
How to ‘Make an Egg Float’ with Bruno and Harry
How to ‘make lunch bags exploded’ with Taya and Izabelle
How to ‘make blobs in a bottle’ with Roop and Violet
How to ‘make Ice Cream' with Nathan and Rehquan
Sensational Science Captures School’s Imagination - British Science Week 2018
Renhold Primary has played host to an explosive week of science events all in the name of ‘British Science Week’. Starting on the week of 12th March 2018, the atmosphere around the school ‘buzzed’ as Sublime Science (winners of Dragon’s Den) spent a day wowing the children. From making lightning travel through their bodies to slime making, the children were truly ‘wowed’ and each one left with a smile on their face (and a pot of slime to take home of course).
With the theme this year being ‘Exploration and Discovery’ there was also an assembly by the school’s very own ‘Science Ambassadors’. The group of science fanatics, who were voted in by their fellow classmates, put on an awe-inspiring assembly based on influential scientists and discoverers. In costume, they taught the school about Isaac Newton, Neil Armstrong and the Deep Sea Challenger to name but a few. Keeping themselves extra-busy, the Ambassadors also ran their own ‘Lunch time Investigations’ to groups who signed up to take part. So popular, each investigation had it’s own waiting list. Astronomical!
Over the course of the following few days, each class received a visit from their very own Scientist. These ranged from Scott’s Veterinary nurses to a pilot; a midwife to a Microsoft engineer. There was even a visit from Professor Stephen Sweeney, who is the Head of Physics at the University of Surrey. Each visitor spoke about how they use Science as part of their everyday job in order for the children to see that Science really is ‘all around us’.
The week ended with a school first: Renhold Primary Science Fair. Fifty-one children meticulously worked hard to create and design exhibits for the fair and spent the afternoon showing them off to the rest of the school and parents. The event was a complete success and the school looks forward to holding another fair next year. Exhibits from the fair are on display at Mark Rutherford School and Putnoe Library for the next few weeks, so head down to check out their incredible work!
Our Science Fair Projects on display at Mark Rutherford School and Putnoe Library
Science Week 2022
We are to hold our annual Science Fair next year in March. Watch this space for further details.