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Science at The Firs

At The Firs we are focussing on improving our science teaching and learning. We are currently working towards a Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM). This has already begun to shape our pupils curiosity and understanding. We aim to ensure every child has a hands on experience in science; has opportunities to ask and answer their own questions and see how science is relevant to their everyday lives. In order to do this, we have established our own vision and principles for what every science lesson at The Firs should look like.

The Firs Lower School, Science Vision and Principles

This year at The Firs, Miss Hamilton and Miss Blake have started a lunchtime science club for children. Each week children will be given a different question or area of science to investigate. They choose how they will go about this with only limited guidance from teachers. All areas of investigation are practical and help to develop children's thinking and enquiry skills. So far this term, children in year 2 have explored the following:

- What solution creates the best bubble?
- Using a balloon to create a rocket
- Electricity using circuit boards

Creating the best bubble


Using a balloon to create a rocket


Electricity using circuit boards


In science club throughout the year, we will also be looking at:

- Expanding gummy bears, Investigating the movement of water into and out of a polymer
- Making our own lava lamps, exploring chemical reactions
- Slime, problem solving, testing, and evaluating
- Playdough circuits, looking at circuits, electrical resistance and conductors
- Building a sturdy tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows, exploring engineering
- Bath bombs, exploring chemical reactions​​​​​​​
- Parachutes, looking at air resistance

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing PTA, who generously bought thousands of pounds of resources to help support, stimulate and enrich our children's learning at The Firs.