Science at Rosehill contributes significantly to pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of the world and their place within it. It is made accessible to all pupils through a focus on practical work, first-hand experience and special events designed to inspire and engage learners. Teaching key skills such as making observations, predictions and evaluation of first hand observations are of equal importance to knowledge and understanding. In the primary and middle school, science is taught by class teachers and is incorporated throughout other subjects and the relevant topic at the time. This ensures a holistic approach in the acquisition of scientific skills and knowledge. Key Stage 3 pupil’s learning is greatly focused towards building independent and problem solving skills to allow pupils to develop their own ability to explore and find things out in science. In the upper school (KS4-5), Science is taught through options.
The introduction of our exciting LAB 13 Project has made it possible to give pupils the opportunities to engage in and experiment with higher level practical science. Please click on this link to find out more about our recent outcomes and achievements in the Science LAB.
Since November 2016, Rosehill has been involved in a Whole School Science Project called Lab_13. These sessions have been running on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning by an Art and Science practitioner Betti Copperwood. The focus has been on Light and Dark and pupils have been encouraged to develop their curiosity through a range of activities. These include; Exploring objects on a Light Box, looking at different colours using the OHP, exploring torches, exploring UV objects and looking at paint under different lights.
In January, students from Nottingham University brought to school an Inflativerse to Rosehill (a Giant Dome mimicking a night’s sky). All classes had the opportunity to explore the dome and many students were interested and engaged with the experience. All students have attended Science Lab_13 sessions on a weekly basis. At the end of the Christmas term, teachers chose two students from their class, who particularly engaged in the project, to continue with Science sessions for the Spring term 2017. These pupils spent more time in Lab_13 developing their interest in scientific enquiry and building on their knowledge of light and dark to learn about Earth and Space.
· All pupils have been able to access the sessions
· Most pupils have experienced different concepts, tools, and techniques of scientific inquiry
· The majority have developed their curiosity and interest in a range of scientific activities
· Pupils who have showed a particular interest in Lab_13 identified which themes they enjoy the most and have continued their learning in class using skills learnt
· Pupils from class 4 particularly enjoyed learning about forces and they have been involved in making toy cars in class
· Pupils from class 1 showed great curiosity in the light box and they have been looking at Light and Dark using a Dark Den in class and the mini-mile
· Several students from Class 10 have taken ownership for documenting progress and achievements and have made an evidence book to demonstrate this
· As a result, the project the majority of pupils showed an increase in confident when exploring different materials
· The majority of pupils have showed an increased interest in new activities linked to the science Lab_13 environment
Betti has asked both pupils and staff which themes they enjoyed most and the school have organised resources for each department so Lab_13 can continue in classes next year.
Visitors and community partners: Nottingham University Students, Rick Hall, Christopher Staddon, Betti Copperwood.