This academic year Gainsborough are completing the Primary Science Quality Mark. As a school we are commited to providing positive attitudes in developing science and securing skills.    

At Gainsborough, we want children to be inspired and encouraged and to be inquisitive about the world. We want to provide them with skills that are useful across their learning and life. Science is for everyone. Giving them an understanding of science allows children to make judgements about technologies, health and other important factors of the world. 
At Gainsborough we want all children to have a positive experience of science giving it clear purpose and meaning in the world today, so that it excites and engages ALL learners and teachers. 
Developing the children’s vocabulary is paramount at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School. As science is a discipline that relies heavily on the ability to understand new terms and concepts, our strong focus on vocabulary helps our students reduce the barriers they have to learning and communicate using the appropriate terminology. 

Our curriculum is designed to ignite the imagination of our pupils. Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of the National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014 and ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. 
Science teaching at Gainsborough involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. 
Science at Gainsborough is sequential, allowing children to develop their skills and knowledge over time, deepening learning to provide the foundations so they know more, remember more and are able to do more. In giving the children a variety of skills our children can develop and reach their individual potential and succeed in life. At Gainsborough scientific enquiry skills are embedded into each topic the children study, allowing the children to become more independent in their problem solving, to discover answers to their questions and to become 'true scientists'. 
Our science curriculum ensures that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that will:
•    Prepare children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future. 
•    Develop children’s use of scientific language.
•    Help children to make links between science and other subjects.
•    Help children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas. 
•    Help develop and extend children’s scientific concept of their world. 
•    Build on children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems. 
•    Provide the opportunity for children to ask scientific questions and answer them.

As part of the PSQM journey, all staff, pupils, parents and subject linked governors have been asked to develop our visions and principles of science learning and teaching at Gainsborough.

science vision and principles

Science at Gainsborough will develop every child’s knowledge of the world and everything in it. It will allow them to develop an enquiring mind, encouraging them to solve problems and to look at the world in different ways.

Through the teaching of science we are preparing them for the modern world looking at the changes of technology, sustainability and appreciation for the planet.

To achieve this science teaching at Gainsborough Primary and Nursery School involves:

June 2020- This week we have been developing our outdoor planting and habitat area. Thank you to TG Builder's merchants of Nantwich who have delivered some soil.

Mr Williamson had great fun shovling the soil into the wheelbarrow at the start of the week.



Week of the 28th to the 31st is Big Bird Watch.

We would love for as many Gainsborough pupils to take part at home.

Here's how to do it!

*Encourage birds to come to your garden leaving them bird seed or fat balls. 

*Choose a set time to watch quietly.

*Use the recording sheet on this document     Big bird watch document

*If you are struggling to name the birds their is some helpful tips on the document. 

* Maybe you could watch the live lesson on the bbc website at 11am on the 28th January. (link to follow.

* Send your findings to the year 3 email address 

Happy bird spotting! 


Science learning at home

Links for Children and Parents

 KS 1 science guides and clips

 KS2 science guides and clips

 National Geographic for Kids

 Nasa Kids

Games and Apps

 Children's university of Manchester

 The Science Museum

Want to do an investigation at home? (make sure you check with your adult at home!) 

 Oxford Owl- fun science activities

Science Sparks

 More fun experiments

Encourage your child's love of science with these great books


Files to Download

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