Science At Penllergaer

In Science at Penllergaer Primary, we aim to provide our children with an understanding of natural phenomena. We seek to stimulate every child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. We teach methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level.

Penllergaer Primary School has Royal Society status and works in partnership with Swansea University to promote STEM subjects and careers to students.

To the right you can see a photostory of the images created by the pupils in Year 6 using microscopes as part of our Microscopy Project with the university.

The aims of science at Penllergaer are to enable children to:

  • ask and answer scientific questions;
  • plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment, including computers, correctly;
  • know and understand the life processes of living things;
  • know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound and natural forces;
  • know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth;
  • evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.
  • Reflect on learning ie what they have done, in order to transfer skills to other contexts

We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. We seek to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. Sometimes we do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures, and photographs. They use ICT in science lessons where it enhances their learning. They take part in role-play and discussions and they present reports to the rest of the class. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in ‘real’ scientific activities, for example, researching a local environmental problem or carrying out a practical experiment and analysing the results.