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:

  • Life Cycle Animations
    Putting into practice Year 3 learning from ‘How does your garden grow?’, Year 3 children made stop-motion animations of plant life cycles. They could include: Parts of a plant Requirements for growth Pollination and fertilisation Here are some of the results.
  • Y2 KJG Shirebrook Trip
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  • Y1 – Trip to Shirebrook Valley
    Today, we visited Shirebrook Valley and met rangers Nell and James! They taught us all about creatures that live in ponds and woods. We then tried pond dipping and identified lots of different insects and living things! We also enjoyed making habitats for woodland animals as well as art work made from natural materials. A […]
  • Year 3 Summer Walk and Outdoor Art
    Year 3 had a super day with a walk to Blacka Moor in the morning and creating outdoor art in the afternoon. It allowed us to put into practice some of the learning from our ‘How does your garden grow?’ learning journey; we gathered natural materils for both the art and future science lessons. It […]
  • 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!
  • Y4 Flying Cars (Science Week Investigations)
    During our ‘Go Wild’ learning journey, Y4 explored how Bear Grylls (among others) has tried to develop cars that can take off, glide, and then land safely. First, we created cars and experimented with different fans to see which were best for accelerating on the ground. We used timers to see how long each fan […]
  • 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.