Southborough C of E Primary School

ForcesScience at Southborough is based on the Kent Scheme of Work, with a strong whole-school focus on hands-on learning and the development of scientific enquiry skills. Teaching and learning emphasises practical, investigative and problem solving skills. Right from Reception class children are honing their skills to question and make sense of what they experience in the world around them, building on their sense of awe and wonder. Key skills are developed to encourage children to plan and carry out their own investigations, to overcome challenges and begin to form their own conclusions and answers.

Children's natural interest and curiosity form the basis of our popular whole-school investigations, some recent investigations have included, What is the best wrapping paper? Which biscuits are best for dunking? Children are guided and empowered to have significant input in these science lessons and often plan their own investigations, or independently find their own solutions to a problem.

Our beautiful grounds are ideally suited to environmental work and children are encouraged to take an active part in caring for these, for example, children have recently worked with specialists to develop our woodland nature trail. As a result children of all ages can now enjoy finding and studying the diverse community of mini-beasts that have made their homes under the features and habitats that were created by the group.

The children at Southborough School have become “Citizen Scientists”, carrying out important fieldwork for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). The trust wants to find out why many of our popular British birds like the starling are in decline. One of the things that haven’t really been investigated yet is whether what birds eat is linked to what is happening to their changing populations. This is where our citizen scientists come in. Children will be lifting patches of turf on our green spaces and counting the creatures that they find before making a survey of the birds that land on our fields. This data will then be submitted to the BTO who will analyse it along with data from other schools across Britain. The experiment, called “What’s Under Your Feet?” will be carried out again in March and June.

In order to carry put some of these investigations children will need their wellies. Your child’s teacher will advise you if this is necessary.