Science at Hobbayne
In Science, we aim to inspire and foster children’s natural curiosity and interest in the world around them. At Hobbayne, we believe that delivering a high quality science education provides a foundation for understanding the world around us. This is achieved by developing children’s scientific knowledge, encouraging them to question and involving them in practical and teacher led investigations. Children are motivated to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. We use cross curricular skills to record results and draw upon them to reach scientific concepts and skills, which together will encourage them to develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problem solving.
Science is taught progressively allowing children to make links from year to year in their investigations and enquiry of the sections of the National Curriculum. We see it as important that pupils leave for secondary school with both a detailed knowledge of the inter-related disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and a strong understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science, developed through practical activity.
Year 5 and 6 children have the opportunity to take part in an internal Science Fair which is led by their respective class teachers every year. The children are able to work in small groups or on their own to plan, create and present investigations/projects to staff over a period of time. Then parents are invited in on designated afternoon to see and take part in the projects. During this time a small number of children are selected to take their investigations to the local Ealing Science Fair held at The Ellen Wilkinson School. In recent years we have been very successful as a school, the children really rise to the challenge and last year Orla Connolly won the overall prize for best project!
We also have many inspiring STEM ambassadors who come in and talk to our children about their possible future careers. Many of them are Hobbayne parents/carers which only adds to the excitement children feel when hearing about their current projects.
Science Week at Hobbayne
At Hobbayne we also promote Science through trips, workshops and guest speakers. Each year the whole school comes together to celebrate the subject during Science Week, where children’s enthusiasm will be further stimulated through fun, practical and hands on Science activities. This year Science week will be during 18th – 22nd March 2019. The theme for 2019, selected for British Science Week is ‘Journeys’ celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Channel Tunnel!