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We follow the National Curriculum 2014. 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.

Children at Motcombe Primary School work scientifically to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them answer questions about the world around them. Being equipped with this scientific knowledge they develop an understanding about the uses and implications of science today and in the future.

Each child’s level of attainment is assessed against the curriculum at the end of each key stage. Our objectives are to build upon children’s natural curiosity by developing skills of observation, investigation, interpretation and application; to establish scientific competence through open-mindedness, problem-solving and fair testing; and to promote scientific awareness, knowledge and understanding. To aid their understanding we use our grounds and local area and have developed links with local schools to extend learning across all disciplines.

Wrens have been using their senses in a range of different investigations this half term. They been making predictions and recording their results in different ways.

Swallows class have been investigating how animals adapt to their environment.

Year 5 have planted saplings at the bottom of the field to create a mini-forest area.

Swallows fair ground challenge...

​It's a mucky job...

Skylarks looked at soil in our science lesson today. We discussed how soil can help us in many ways and collected small samples from different locations in school to look at in greater depth later on in the week.
"Soil is important because without soil plants cannot grow and without it we would all die because plants produce air" - Nathan
"We need soil because grass grows in soil and cows eat grass. We need cows because they provide milk and beef. " - Rufus


We also talked about the role of earth worms, the purpose of a 'muck heap' or 'compost heap' and how they turn waste organic matter into useful garden compost or soil. We worked as a class to order samples from different depths of a muck heap and discussed how the further down and longer the waste material is on the heap...the more like new compost/ soil it becomes. We also conducted some sniff tests!

A beekeeper visit helped us to learn about the importance of bees and how honey is made.

We have planted broad beans and potatoes and are learning how to keep plants healthy.

Today we planted rocket seeds in an attempt to compare how zero gravity influences growth. We had two packets, one that has remained on planet earth and the other that has been on the International Space Station...we do not know which is which!

Year 1 completed an investigation to find the best material to make a shield. We asked questions, made predictions and recorded our observations.