Science at Pinehurst is hands-on, engaging, and thought-provoking. Our curriculum provides a wide range of learning experiences for our pupils, under our ‘Achievement for All’ agenda and our 'Experience, Excel and Enjoy' motto.
You can follow our Science learning journeys via Twitter, using the hashtag: #PinehurstScience
Leading Science at Pinehurst: Ms. A. MacDiarmid and Miss. L. Gilmore
Science teaching helps children to develop enquiring minds and equips them with key skills, so that they are increasingly able to research answers to their own questions.
Our Science curriculum is based on the principles that Science is good when it:
- Is relevant and related to real life, current topics of interest, and means something to us;
- Allows us to ask lots of questions and develop our vocabulary;
- Lets us investigate and explore in a practical, hands on and experimental way;
- Challenges our understanding and encourages us to think critically about our scientific ideas;
- Encourages us to apply our knowledge, skills and understanding at home and at school;
- Gives us opportunities to work with others to develop our collaborative working skills and;
- Enables us to use appropriate, high quality resources and equipment.
Edina Trust Grant
We have used our Edina Trust Grant for 2022/23 to purchase three Lego Raising Robots boxes to further enhance our STEM provision at Pinehurst Primary School.
The boxes can be used by all children at school for Science and Computing curriculum, and are also part of our after-school Coding Club resources, led by Miss. Gilmore.
We are very proud of our Edible Playground, established in partnership with Tree for Cities, which offers a lively, engaging, multi-sensory way to teach children about growing and eating healthy food.
Aside from the physical health benefits that eating well brings, learning in an outdoor environment combats Nature Deficit Disorder and has been shown to increase mental health by boosting mood, confidence and self-esteem.
Furthermore, allowing the children to connect with nature develops attentiveness and self-reliance in the pupils, leading to more sustainable behaviours in the long term.
Useful websites for children and families to support Science at home:
SAFETY: Please do not try the experiments without an adult to supervise.
With adult supervision take some time to try out a mini experiment and record your findings in a creative way.
You could create a poster, a comic strip, a leaflet or record your findings as jottings.
As always, we love to see the work you do at home. Please share via Twitter or Class Dojo.
Useful websites for Parents and Carers