Science

Welcome to Science at Lindow!
At Lindow we believe Science is the key to unlocking children’s curiosity about their environment and the world around them. Science is fun, exciting and has the means to inspire children across the curriculum, for example, in English and Maths. To this end we have developed a Science Vision with supporting aims to help us achieve this. Details of the DfE's Curriculum for Science can be found here...

Lindow Vision: 
To make Science instrumental in helping children to become curious and motivated individuals who care about their environment and the world, and to inspire lifelong learning in Science.

Lindow Aims:
To inspire lifelong learning in Science by encouraging children to be independent and analytical thinkers who:
  • Work cooperatively with their peers
  • Learn through questioning
  • Share ideas and predict outcomes through practical investigation
  • Take these skills with them through their education and life. 
News:
We are currently working towards achieving The Primary Science Quality Mark whose aim is to raise the profile of Science in Primary Schools and celebrate a commitment to excellence in Science. The award takes one year to complete, watch this space for developments. 

Science Timetable 2016/17

Lindow Parent Scientists
We are always looking at ways we can enrich the children’s learning experiences in Science by giving them as many opportunities as possible to work scientifically e.g. conducting experiments , observations etc. As a result, we are hoping to set up a register of parents who have a scientific back ground or work in the outdoors who would be happy to come into school and share their knowledge with the children.  We can then contact a parent who has registered and organise a time to come to visit a class.

We already have a number of parents who have done this in the past and the children love it, they are a very receptive audience!!  If you are unsure of the topics we teach there is a Science timetable above that shows how we cover the Science curriculum across the school, there is also a link to the Science Curriculum.  

If you feel you would like to take part please contact Mrs Crossen, she is in school Monday – Thursday. 

Super Science Club
Our Keystage 1 and Reception children have been enjoying extra-curricular science this term. The “Super Science Club” has been set up by two of our parents with scientific backgrounds. Kate Lowe has a PhD in Biochemistry and Michelle Hesslegrave has a BSc in Environmental Science and currently works at local business Waters.

“The aim of the club is to get young children engaged with science, thinking scientifically and most importantly having fun” said Dr Lowe.  “The children are really enjoying the club, and loving the hands on experiments”. 

Experiments have included; excavating Lego characters from ice, making blood, rocket building and dropping eggs to see what materials are best at stopping them from smashing!

The club is proving very popular, and it is planned to continue next year, to allow all children the chance to get involved and have fun with science.

Our Challenge! 

We have been chosen to take part in a fantastic experiment to grow seeds from space! We will become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space.


In September, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in microgravity before returning to Earth in March 2016. The seeds have been sent as part of Rocket Science, an educational project launched by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and the UK Space Agency.


Our school is one of up to 10,000 schools to receive a packet of 100 seeds from space, which they will grow alongside seeds that haven’t been to space and measure the differences over seven weeks. We won’t know which seed packet contains which seeds until all results have been collected by the RHS Campaign for School Gardening and analysed by professional biostatisticians.

 

The out-of-this-world, nationwide science experiment will enable the children to think more about how we could preserve human life on another planet in the future, what astronauts need to survive long-term missions in space and the difficulties surrounding growing fresh food in challenging climates.

Here are Year 2 planting the seeds, the children described the experiment as... "amazing", "out of this world", fantastic", "ultra awesome"and agreed that it "gets your brain working!".  


Science at home
This is great fun and doesn’t have to be daunting or complicated; it also ignites the children’s interest. Below are some websites with ideas. We would love to see photographs or a paragraph from your child about their experiment.