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
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.
Meet our KS2 Science Ambassadors for 2023-24
New Science Ambassadors for the 2023-24 academic year will be chosen in the Autumn term.
Our Ambassadors will be starting working with Mrs Polson to design and film home investigations which will be posted to the school website and dojo feed to follow along with at home.
They will also promote our Scientist of the Term to the younger children of the school, share their investigations 'live' once a half term on the playground, and play an important role in British Science Week.
The Naked Egg Experiment
The Hovercraft Experiment
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!
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!