Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

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School Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BZ


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Hathersage St. Michael's C of E (A) Primary School

Here we are testing our rocket powered cars with the army!




In our rapidly evolving world, science is a vital part of our curriculum intention. Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Pupils learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.



Science at our school enables children to understand the world in which they live. This is achieved though discrete Science lessons as well as a wide range of real-life opportunities offering a balanced and broad curriculum.  

EYFS follow a topic-based approach that encourages children to develop a curious mind, asking and answering questions about how and why things happen.

Science is taught across KS1 and KS2 on a weekly basis, in mixed aged classes or groups. It aims to cover the National Curriculum content in a vibrant and engaging way, giving the children opportunities for practical investigations and research.

Outside of the formal teaching regime, Science is valued and encouraged through Forest Fun sessions, the school weather station and celebrating National Science Week as well as British Science Day and International Day of Women and Girls in Science each year.




We want every child to see themselves as a scientist and never stop being amazed by the wonders our world has to offer; to carry on asking questions and explore the possibilities open to them.

The impact of our Science curriculum is that our learners are equipped with the scientific skills and knowledge that they need to be ready for the next phase of their school career and for life as an adult in the world outside the classroom. Children will be able to demonstrate their ability to interpret scientific thinking and suggest ways in which they might explore a scientific principle. Children’s learning is assessed against the age-related expectations for science.


Science Progression of Skills

Science Topic Overview

Science Policy

Science Week 8th - 12th March 2021 

Science Week was celebrated in school slightly differently this year, due to the COVID restrictions. The theme this year was ‘Innovating for the future.’ Each class chose to carry out their own experiments during their Science lessons throughout the week. 

Ladybower class began the week by finding out all about the Antarctic and icebergs. The icebergs were made from frozen water filled balloons. They then investigated whether the icebergs floated in salt water.  

Later on in the week, they did a wavy wax painting investigation. They broke up a selection of wax crayons and covered a picture with the crumbs. They then used a hairdryer to melt the wax and watched it cover their pictures. They then left the wax to watch it solidify back again. 

Derwent class designed their own Robo – Bugs to help solve different challenges. They needed to think carefully about the different features their bug would need. This enabled them to discover  about lots of different insects and their abilities and adaptations. 

In Key Stage 2, the children linked their learning on living things with innovations in robotics. They designed and made their own robo-bugs for a particular purpose. We used the NASA Marsbee- a tiny robot for exploration based on a bumble bee- as our inspiration and discussed potential uses for other robotic insects.

As well as these fun activities, children were encouraged to use their creativity to design a poster on this year’s theme for the national British Science Week Poster Competition! Watch this space for pictures of the winning designs!

Important Science Education Continues in Lockdown!

A Year 6 pupil has produced her own film clip whilst at home during lockdown. The clip talks about the importance of keeping fit and healthy as well as the Scientific effects on the human body. Follow this link to watch the film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs3krx4yoQs&feature=youtu.be

British Science Weeks in the Past

Science Week was celebrated throughout the school, with the National theme this year being, ‘Our Diverse Planet’. The children had many memorable and enjoyable experiences, taking part in investigations and having visits from people who work in the field of Science.

Children across the school spent time investigating materials, the function of the heart, x-rays, medical scans, different species of moths as well as gears and pulleys. The whole school also had the opportunity to take part in the poster competition, which sparked the children’s creativity with a wide range of eye-catching, informative entries being produced on the theme of ‘Our Diverse Planet’. These included everything from secret information flaps to 3D and moving parts. It was a difficult task, however five winners were chosen from across the school, they received a practical Science pack as a prize and their posters have been entered into the National Science Week Poster competition.

We would like to thank all members of our school community who volunteered to help make Science week extra special for the children. We really appreciate you volunteering to share your wealth of
knowledge and talents.