Science

The teaching of science provides the foundations for understanding our world.  Science has changed our lives and it is vital that all pupils understand the methods, processes and uses of science.  Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, our pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world. They are encouraged to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


At Dore Primary we teach science through our curriculum drivers (outdoor learning, TASC and Philosophy for Children) to promote a hands-on experience and promote depth of thought and discussion.  We also aim to give the children as many opportunities as possible to meet and work with adults from the scientific community.

Science News:

  • Y1 – Science – Food Chains!
    Today, the children learnt all about different food chains. They could explain how energy is transferred between living things and some children even managed to use key vocabulary such as ’prey’, ’predator’, ’producer’ and ’consumer’!
  • Ancient Egyptian STEM in Year 3
    In recent weeks, the children in year 3 have been really getting stuck into a series of STEM projects (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as they investigate different aspects of ancient Egyptian life. Pyramid Angles We measured the angles that the Ancient Egyptians had built their pyramid and learnt how this affected the height and […]
  • Y2 Floating and Sinking Experiment
  • Y1 Outdoor learning – bird spotting!
    Today, we learnt about common varieties of birds found in the U.K. We identified robins, blue tits, magpies, wood pigeons and goldfinches. We went outside to see if we could spot any, and used binoculars to get a closer look!
  • Foundation 2 Spring Update
    We’ve had an action packed and enjoyable Spring 2 half term. The children have definitely earned their break with all their hard work and super learning progress. This is a very full update but we will aim after the holidays to update you with more regular smaller posts. If you notice your child isn’t featured […]
  • Year 2 Science
    Today we have become scientists researching a range of materials and testing whether things are waterproof, sturdy, flexible and absorbent. This information will help us when we choose the materials to make our weather proof house!
  • Year 3 to Creswell Craggs
    It was so lovely to be able to take the Year 3 children on a trip out of school. The double decker took us quickly to Creswell Craggs. We really got to understand our Mists of Time learning in context: with hippos, bears and hyenas living along side homo sapiens right here in Britain. We […]
  • British Science week
    This week Year Two have had a great time exploring the theme of growth as part of British Science week. We have been preparing our planters, learning how to plant seeds and creating our own worm farms in order to make own compost! We are all excited to see how things grow!
  • Y1 – Outdoor Learning
    As part of British Science Week, we used our outdoor learning to observe and identify the four parts of a plant – can your child remember them all??
  • Y1 – Science – Life cycle of a sunflower
    The children learnt about the 5 things plants need to survive – can your child remember them all?! We then watched a time lapse of a Sunflower and realised they take nearly 3 months to grow! Take a look at the children’s finished life cycle illustrations!
  • Y1 – British Science Week 2022 – Growth!
    This year, the theme of British Science Week is Growth! So the children in Y1 have planted Sunflower seeds, and together we’ll check their growth and have a competition to see who’s grows tallest!
  • Y2 Explore Living Things
  • Y1 – Signs of spring
    During our outdoor learning today, we looked for signs of Spring. We spotted crocuses, daffodil shoots and some snowdrops! Shame the weather was so wet! We then sketched some of these early signs of Spring – don’t they look great!
  • Y1 Outdoor Learning
    Today, the children went to the wildlife garden to make dens and nests for the hibernating creatures that are beginning to wake up.
  • Jamaica Day 2022
    As part of our Jamaica day celebrations, Y6 pupils have been developing their Design and Technology skills by preparing jerk chicken served with rice and peas. The pupils were challenged to adapt the recipe to create the perfect spice blend while also having to use their knowledge of ratios to scale quantities up and down […]
  • Year 3 – Design and Technology TASC – Sledges
    As part of our Pole to Pole Learning Journey, Year 3 developed their understanding of forces especially friction. This enabled them to build successful sledges that raced down the propped up tables icey slopes of the Poles! We used the TASC approach to design, experiment, refine and test our sledges collaboratively. The end results not […]
  • Y4 Learning Journey 2 – Food for Thought
  • Y4 Using Our Loaves
    Our second learning journey was all about science. We spent a lot of time thinking like scientists, and conducted several investigations. We began by learning about our teeth, thinking about the different types we have and what they are useful for. We did an investigation using eggs (their shells are a similar material to teeth) […]
  • Y4 Learning Journey 1 – Amazonian Adventure
  • Conservation – Mulching
    Supported by the Community Forestry team from Sheffield City Council, Year 6 pupils have been carrying out maintenance work on newly planted trees at The Rec. Spreading mulch around the base of trees will provide the trees with nutrients and help them to continue to thrive.