We believe in ingniting children’s curiousity; investigating, experimenting and researching to find out all about the world around them.
Our ultimate aim for Science at Queensbridge is to ensure our children have the tools to understand the world around them and the ability to think scientifically, ensuring they can become informed citizens and contribute positively to society. Queensbridge agrees that science teaching and learning in our school is successful when lessons are hands-on and practical and children are happy, curious and enthusiastic. We value opportunities for children to discover scientific ideas and principles for themselves (child-led learning). We promote connections with science to other subjects and provide opportunities to develop transferable skills for applying science to everyday life.
We are passionate about teaching science at Queensbridge and have been awarded the Primary Science Gold Quality Mark for our outstanding science provision. We believe in igniting children’s curiosity by providing opportunities to investigate and research about the world around them. Our aim at Queensbridge is to not only provide a sound grasp of key scientific knowledge but to get children to use practical, hands-on science to discover key concepts for themselves and develop their scientific thinking.
The theme based approach to teaching at Queensbridge ensures that children learn scientific ideas in context and this inspires them to apply their knowledge to other aspects of their lives. Our creative curriculum also ensures that science is explored through cross-curricular learning, for example: recording data in maths lessons, communicating key findings during literacy and researching scientific topics using ICT. In addition to this we try to ensure a joint PHSE-PE-Science week each year where we focus on healthy life styles and children learn how to look after their bodies and mental health. In summer term we also always run a STEM week where all lessons are focused around a particular problem that is STEM related. For example, we undertook the Squashed Tomato Challenge, whereby the whole school used different resources to try and design pulley systems to get tomatoes safety down the mountain: a real-life problem Nepalese farmers are still working on to ensure their tomatoes get safely to market!
Science Trips and Visitors
Every year we ensure children go on a range of science related trips to help children meet real scientists and provide opportunities for practical field work. Our trips have included London Zoo, Kew Gardens, Hackney City Farm, Science Museum, RAF Museum, Grant Museum of Zoology and many more! Do look on our Queensbridge App to see all the wonderful places we visit and what amazing science learning we are getting up to.
We are also passionate about providing additional extra-curricular experiences for our children in school too. Every year we have visits from a wide range of science-related organisations including: Totally Alive Farm Animals, Eagle Heights, the Science Dome, Geobus and the Dog’s Trust. Each year during Spring Term we hatch caterpillars and chicks, as we love to observe changes over time and study the life cycles of different creatures.
We are currently fundraising to improve our school playground and better develop our current nature area to allow for more outdoor science learning to take place. We also have a running collaboration with Bridge Academy and regularly use their balcony garden to grow plants and look for mini beasts. For several years now, Year 5 children have also had some taster lessons in Bridge Academy’s fantastic science laboratories to help ease the transition between KS2 and KS3.
At Queensbridge we care deeply about ensuring science is inclusive and we want to raise the ‘Science Capital’ in our school. It is important to understand why some young people participate in post-16 science, why certain social groups remain under- represented and why many children do not see science careers as being ‘for me’. One of the ways we are trying to raise our Science Capital is through developing a Science Committee made from different children throughout KS2. The Science Committee meet regularly to discuss how we can make science more fun at Queensbridge, help to promote any science-related weeks we are organising and think of different ways to empower other children to see that science is for everyone!
Science at Home
Here are some useful websites if you would like to continue your child’s science learning at home: