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Science at St Francis de Sales

'The important thing is, to never stop questioning'  Albert Einstein


Our scientists will:   

  • Be curious about the natural and humanly constructed world around them.

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding

  • Work scientifically

  • Begin to understand the importance of science in their world

  • Begin to develop a specialist scientific vocabulary

Click here for our Science Policy

Click here for our Progression in Science

Click here for our Science Vocabulary

Have a look at what we have been doing in Science this year.

 Science Club - What do seeds need to germinate?

Last week Science Club posed the question whether seeds needed soil or sun to grow. Most of the children thought that they would so we set up an experiment to see if they were right. Look at what we found just one week later! We now know that seeds can grow without either soil or light provided they have water! 

Year One - Science Club (Summer 1)

Science Club continued this Week with Mr T’s famous ‘Bottle Rocket’ experiment! The children explored how mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda created a chemical reaction strong enough to propel our rocket! We also learned that science doesn’t always work the first time, as it took a second launch to see our rocket take flight!

Year 1 - Plants (Summer 1)

Year 1 have begun our 'plants' topic by exploring how plants develop first from seeds. The children began by classifying different seeds and then planted these so that we can watch them develop into seedlings over the next few weeks.

Year 1 - Science Club (Summer 1)

Year 1 began our Science Club this week by exploring the famous ‘Skittles’ experiment. The group made predictions and explored how the results were affected by changing the temperature of the water.

Year 2 (Living things and their habitats - Spring 2)

Year 2 enjoyed learning about the Ocean as a habitat and how it is a home to many different creatures (not just fish). By using what they learnt in the lesson and carrying out their own research using non fiction texts and the internet, the children were challenged to complete a cross section of the ocean, adding some of the creatures that might be found at different depths.

Year One Materials (Spring 2)

Year One have been exploring how different materials are used for different purposes. Watch our videos below to see three lessons exploring which materials would make the best walls, roof and windows for the home of the 'Three Little Pigs'.

Stop the Block! (Spring 1)

We were joined in school by the team from Mad Science, for an assembly entitled 'Stop the Block'. The children learned about what should and shouldn't be put down the toilet, in order to become part of the solution to the problems experienced with our drains and sewers across the North West. From now on it's only the '3 Ps' - Pee, Poo and (toilet) Paper!

Year One - Classifying Animals (Autumn 2)

Reception - Autumn 2

Using the texts 'Owl Babies' and 'The Owl who was afraid of the Dark' as a hook, Reception have enjoyed exploring the 'Natural World' by taking part in activities that introduce scientific concepts such as animal habitats, life cycles and nocturnal animals, as well as a visit from some Birds of Prey!

Science Week 2023 10th-19th March 2023


Science at Home

Please use these resources to provide your children with the chance to revisit their science learning from across the year.

We use Knowledge Organisers for each topic to promote discussion and provide visual reminders and also to outline the key knowledge and scientific vocabulary that we want children to retain.

The chance to revisit and rehearse new knowledge and vocabulary supports children in securing this knowledge into their long term memories. This knowledge then supports further learning connected to the topic and subject.


Vocabulary games ideas using the Knowledge Organisers

• Who am I? Choose a key word. Other people have to ask you question to find out which key word you are.
• Who am I? (alternative). Write a key word on a sticky note and place on another’s forehead. Ask questions of the other players to find out which key word you  are.
• Splat. Write some key words on small pieces of paper and spread out on the floor. Describe the word without saying it, e.g. I am a process that describes a seed beginning to grow. Players look for the right word (germination) and then place their hand on top to win the card.
• If the answer is… , what is the question? Choose a key word, place in the sentence stem and then think of questions. E.g. if the answer is leaf, what is the question?

Knowledge Organiser - Year 2 Plants Spring Term


Online learning

BBC Bitesize has a number of games, video clips and information to support the topic areas.
• Years 1 and 2