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Sunnyhill Egg Drop Challenge

Before half term, the children were given a STEM home learning challenge.  They had to see if they could protect an egg from cracking when dropped from a height of approximately three metres.  We have certainly discovered some STEM superstars! 

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Our vision: Learning together we will all be exceptional scientists!

 

 

At Sunnyhill, we provide the children with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills which will enable them to answer scientific questions, building on their natural interest and curiosity about the world in which they live and fostering a respect for research and the wonder of discovery.

We want Sunnyhill pupils to:

  • Experience Science lessons that are creative, inspiring, hands-on and fun
  • Lead their learning
  • Use high quality stimuli alongside technology and resources
  • Discover Science inside and outside the classroom
  • Learn from experts
  • Experience Science lessons that build on prior learning
  • Link their learning to real life experiences
  • Be curious, using questions to find out more
How Science is taught at Sunnyhill

Each week the children are posed a key question or context from which they generate their own scientific lines of enquiry. They will then explore this question using a variety of investigative skills, engaging and becoming more familiar with each of the elements of the scientific method as they progress through the school. These include skills such as generating their own lines of enquiry, making predictions, analysing results, observing changes over time, collecting results in a variety of ways, drawing conclusions from their observations and evaluating their own method and the reliability of their results. Underpinning this is an emphasis on children actively participating in their own practical investigations and experiments, utilising the classroom, wider school environment and the local environment and community.

    

Each class has a Science schema map. This is used to activate prior learning, record brand new learning and address misconceptions in Science topics.

   

Our Science Vocabulary

At Sunnyhill, we know that a good understanding of a wide range of vocabulary supports success across the whole national curriculum. We have identified ‘core’ words that the children will meet in different subjects and in different topics. These words will be revisited and taught in different contexts so that the children develop a deep understanding of their meaning and they become tools with which children can access the knowledge, skills and understanding the curriculum demands.  This vocabulary will form a backbone through our curriculum to help to scaffold and develop the children’s learning.

Science Enrichment

We are lucky to have a range of science-focused venues and opportunities for practical field work on our doorstep. We’re constantly looking for new and meaningful experiences that will enrich the scientific understanding and investigative skills of the children we teach.  Our curriculum plan offers the following Scientific enrichment experiences:

Nursery

Fruit picking at a local ‘pick your own’ farm

Reception

A visit to the farm

Year 1

A visit to The British Wildlife Centre and The South London Botanical Institute

Year 2

A visit to Kew Gardens and a trip to the beach

Year 3

A Palaeo Quest workshop and a visit to the Garden Museum

Year 4

A Thames Waste Water Workshop

Year 5

A visit to the Science Museum – Wonderlab and a space camp at school

Year 6

A visit to the WWF Living Planet Centre

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We utilise Streatham Rookery and Unigate Woods for learning opportunities in all areas of the curriculum, including Science. 

Gardening

We are really pleased to share the news that Sunnyhill School will soon have sole access to the Sunnyhill Nature Garden, a wildlife area located on Sunnyhill Road.   Sunnyhill pupils will help to design and create the garden which will eventually be used for arts, environmental education and Forest School activities.   This is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils.

In addition, we have the fabulous Sunnyhill vegetable garden and greenhouse.  Each class has responsibility for an area of the garden in which they must plant, grow and harvest a range of produce.

  

Our Gardening Timetable

Science at home

Whether at home or at school, our Science explorers are always ready for a challenge.

   

Celebrating Science

In the Spring Term, our whole school focus is Science. The theme of the term is ‘What a Wonderful World’. We celebrate the children’s learning at the end of term with a whole school exhibition, where children and families can get together to view the amazing Science learning that has been produced over the term.