Gunness and Burringham CofE Primary School

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Our Value for this half term is Friendship "A friend loves all of the time" Proverbs Ch 17v 17

Science and STEM


"The process of scientific discovery is in effect, a continual flight from wonder"

Albert Einstein





Our high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Children at Gunness and Burringham will be exposed to a wide science capital, understanding the importance that science has in everyday lives and developing a wider understanding of the possible careers that involve science.




Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Children will be exposed to a vast expanse of scientific opportunities and have a rich science capital to ensure that they understand and relate to the scientific wonder and value that it holds in our everyday lives. Children will work through the different modules of science and will have a clear understanding of the working scientifically element of science - not just the "What we are learning" but also the "How are we going to find out"


Each lesson will link to "Big Ideas" and will show children how everything is made of something and will demonstrate how new concepts link together. 


The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that:


"All pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics; develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them; are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future"





At Gunness and Burringham we are passionate about Science and believe that children should have real life opportunity to experience the awe and wonder of Science, whist answer big questions and building understanding of key concepts. Children, through the teaching of Science,  will address the Big Ideas of Science and will begin to understand that everything is made of something and has a purpose. 


Science is a core subject and will be taught weekly; lessons will involve a variety of learning styles including theory and practical activities, all learning will have clear outcomes and will progressively build understanding and knowledge over time.


Children will have hands on experiences and real life learning wherever possible to ensure that learning is meaningful and memorable. All lessons will start with the "why" and it will be explained to children why they are learning what they are learning and also where that learning will take them in the future. 


Each term every class will have a "Spotlight on..." and will learn about the work of a key scientist linked to one of the science modules that they have been learning about. This is not only crucial to wider knowledge but also in addressing stereotypes of scientists and the work that they do. 


Children will work scientifically to ensure that they are given the opportunities to be researchers, data collectors, fair testers, classifiers and observers over time and will understand at the start of each lesson which scientific strand they will be enacting during the lesson. 






Enthuse STEM.



Watch the video below to listen to a catchy song about the purpose of engineers.



We are very proud to be part of the Enthuse STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering an Maths) linked to the STEM University Centre in York. This is a wonderful opportunity for Gunness and Burringham to work with a local cluster of schools to share ideas and best practice. This ensures that the opportunities our children are exposed to are underpinned by the very best practice and collaborative approaches; linking science, technology, engineering and maths to provide challenging and memorable opportunities. 


We are looking forward to developing links with the local secondary schools and local businesses to allow our children to really have an understanding of Science in the wider community, this will help to contribute to high aspirations for future employment. 


We have been investigating many different ideas:


We created balloon rockets using string, balloons and sellotape. The challenge was to see who could make their rocket travel the furthest. The furthest distance was over 4 metres!



The children were challenged to build the tallest freestanding tower. We made links to Gustave Eiffel- the famous engineer who designed The Eiffel Tower. Some groups used marshmallows and spaghetti pasta, the others used midget gems and cocktail sticks. The tallest tower was over 2 metres high.

Engineers Week!

The children have spent the week being engineers and have completed some fantastic projects and taken part in some fun and exciting challenges. 


Year 5/6 were very kindly loaned a set of battery powered cars from the UTC Engineering College, donated by Phillips 66, that they could build in any way that they wished. But before doing that, they had to carry out an inventory of all the parts. Inventory complete, their challenge was to build the fastest car and the best looking. They had the best week doing this and we are so grateful for such a great opportunity! We are hoping to work together with UTC a lot more in the future. Watch this space!!


Year 3/4's challenge was to make an Egyptian boat that would carry goods down the Nile. They used a TASC wheel to plan, design, make and test their boat. They created some fantastic boats and were able to evaluate what worked well and what would need 'tinkering' to allow it to be more successful. 

Year 1 and 2 were tasked with designing a healthy snack. They also needed to design and make packaging to transport their snack from school to home (if it wasn't eaten first!). They used their knowledge of properties of different materials when designing their packaging. The real test was when they put their snack inside their packaging. I am pleased to say that all of the children (with a few tweaks!) managed to transport their snack safely home. It was a great week with lots of learning and application of learning taking place!



87% of children in the school say that they enjoy science.


The amount of children that can link careers to science has increased from 35% to 76%

End of year predictions show that at least 76% of children in each year group will meet the expected end of year standard. 




"I know now that it isn't just men with frizzy hair and white jackets" Adam


"I didn't know that Mum (hairdresser) was a scientist but I guess when she mixes the colour she is making something new" Roman 


"I want to be a vet, they are the best scientists, they know so much about animal skeletons and inside parts" Eden


Poster Competition #scienceweek#STEMfun#posterwinners




                          Spotlight on...    


During our time when we discover Science and all things wonderful and interesting, we also focus on REAL SCIENTISTS and the impact that they have had on the scientific development of the world. Each class has a spotlight on a scientist and enjoy finding out about their life and why and how they did what they did to contribute to the scientific world.