Primary Science Workshops

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National Curriculum 2014

How our workshops match the content of the new 2014 National Curriculum for Science

Our current science workshops cover a wide range of content as quoted below, directly from the 2014 science National Curriculum.  Where relevant, the suggested year group is quoted from the document, although there is a lot of flexibility as the only requirement is that the content is covered by the end of the Key Stage and not by specific year group, as follows: "Schools are, however, only required to teach the relevant programme of study by the end of the key stage. Within each key stage, schools therefore have the flexibility to introduce content earlier or later than set out in the programme of study."

2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

- Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating

- Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear

- Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it

 

Activities in the single class, full day version:

- 'The Science and History of Sound' presentation

- Listening to a genuine 1898 Edison phonograph

- Making their own music box songs on strips of paper (NOTE: only playable during the workshop on our machines, but can be kept for topic books afterwards

KEY STAGE TWO SOUND WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES (suggested as Y4 in NC 2014)

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2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

All objectives for each year group, from simple circuits for Y4 to complex circuits, symbols and topics such as variable resistance for Y6.

 

Activities in the single class, full day version:

- 'The Science and History of Electricity' presentation

- Circuit board investigation, making and investigating circuits, from simple circxuits in Y4 to more complex circuits in Y6

- Using a genuine WW2 Morse Code with its electromagnets to send a coded secret message to classmates

KEY STAGE TWO ELECTRICITY  WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES 

(suggested as Y4 & Y6 in NC 2014)

2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

Any classes covering either Earth and Space or Forces, though this is used by many schools as a one-off wow  science experience for a variety of year groups

 

Activities in the single class, full day version:

- 'Space Race' presentation

- Designing, making and launching paper rockets, either in the hall or in the school grounds (weather permitting)

- Controlling a model moon rover with a  friend

ROCKETS TO ROVERS KS2 WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES (multiple year groups)

2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

Magnets for Y3 and gravity/space for Y5 but also ALL other forces Curriculum objectives apart from water resistance such as thrust, drag and friction.

 

Activities in the single class, full day version:

- Powering a working model of Stephenson's Rocket around a 25ft track

- Designing, making and launching paper rockets

- Designing, making and launching paper rocket cars (an extension of the above task)

- Y3 Magnets acitivity (in development, coming soon)

FANTASTIC FORCES KS2 WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES (Y3 and Y5 have specific objectives related to forces, Earth and Space and magnets, though we often deliver this as a one-off wow science experience for other year groups)

2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

All objectives for both year groups apart from shadows investigations (which you are best doing yourself over a period of days), from basic knowledge of how light works, to how light is used to transmit information via fibre optics, to old and modern methods of capturing and manipulating light

 

Activities in the single class, full day version:

- 'The Science, history (and fun) of Light' presentation

- Making Victorian paper light toys

- Looking at Victorian cameras and having a picture taken with an 1880 lens

- Making slow exposure light pictures using fibre optics and bespoke ipad software

KEY STAGE TWO LIGHT WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES 

(suggested as Y3 & Y6 in NC 2014)

2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

This workshop naturally covers any KS2 Earth and Space or forces topic, but also any KS1 Neil Armstrong/aliens imaginative topic

 

Activities:

KS1:

- A visit to the classroom eitehr factually as a teacher, or in role as an astronaut looking for his spaceship

- Launching of safe air powered 'stomp' rockets

KS2: (all as per the 'Rockets to Rovers' workshop, with the spacesuit added)

- 'Space Race' presentation

- Designing, making and launching paper rockets, either in the hall or in the school grounds (weather permitting)

- Controlling a model moon rover with a  friend

'A SPACEMAN IN YOUR SCHOOL' WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES (KS1 and KS2, either linked to Earth and Space, Neil Armstrong, or as a one off wow science experience)

2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

All of the objectives from the new Y6 Evolution and inheritance topic, but with more emphasis on Evolution rather than inheritance.

 

Activities in the single class, full day version:

-  'The science and history of the Theory of Evolution' presentation

- 'Fossil hunters', where pupils sort real fossils according to specific criteria such as length, weight and appearance

- 'The evolution of the human skeleton' - a PE based task, where pupils first learn about the skeleton (as per our Human Body workshop) then take part in a PE stations session where they get to excercise specific parts of the body while they look at working models of the joints.

Y6 EVOLUTION AND INHERITANCE WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES 

(suggested as Y3 & Y6 in NC 2014)

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2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

Many objectives from across the new curriculum for both science and DT, as the workshop looks at your choice of 4 inventions for the pupils to explore from a choice of eight, including steam trains, morse code, the ipad, recorded music and more.

 

Activities:

-  You choose 4 activities from a possible 8, as follows:

- STEAM, by powering a model of Stephenson's Rocket around a 25ft track / ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH, by using a real WW2 Morse Code set / AEROPLANES,  by making and launching paper aeroplanes using an electric launcher / RECORDED MUSIC, by listening to a real Edison phonograph and making their own music box songs / IPAD, by taking slow exposure light-trail pictures / PHOTOGRAPHY, by looking at real Victorian cameras and having pictures taken with a real 1880 lens / AUTOMOBILES, by designing paper rocket cars / SPACE ROCKETS, by desiging and launching paper rockets

INCREDIBLE INVENTIONS WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES (multiple year groups)

2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties / describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock + MUCH MORE!

 

Activities in the single class, full day version:

- Fossils presentation

- Fossils sorting task, where pupils sort 4 sets of fossils in accordance with their properties as per real paleontologists

- Rock sorting task (IN DEVELOPMENT)

- Rocks and fossils end of day quiz

FOSSILS KS2 WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES (Y3 in NC 2014 as part of their Rocks unit, or Y6 as part of their Evolution and Inheritance topic)

2014 National Curriculum for Science objectives:

Most of the objectives related to the Animals, including Humans topic throughout both key stages

 

Activities in the single class, full day version:

- Class introduction, adaptable to the year group with a skeleton and other props (incl. fossils and animal xrays and many other props which are used to tailor the presentation to different year groups depending on your needs)

- PE 'stations' session which focuses on the movements of specific joints in the body by using working, bending models that the pupils can investigate as they do the excercises.

THE HUMAN BODY KS1 AND KS2 WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES 

(All KS1 and KS2 classes as part of the 'Animals, including Humans' topic)