What is Science? Science is everything! It is curiosity in thoughtful action about the world and how it behaves. Science is truly an amazing and diverse subject that focuses on viewing the world in a logical way in order to understand our universe. At Hampton Park Primary School students apply critical thinking skills as they develop their knowledge of scientific concepts. Learners are encouraged and supported to question the world around them through a scientific lens so they can understand what and why things happen.
At Hampton Park Primary School, Science is a hands-on experience. Children learn largely through experimentation and physical experiences complimented through contemporary technologies and tools. Especially in the early years, students will be learning through practicality rather than through dense theory.
Science at Hampton Park Primary School is taught in term based blocks focussing on the following phenomena:
Space and Earth Science
Earth and space science is about Earth and its place within the solar system and universe. It includes the study of the Earth's land, oceans, atmosphere, and all the life that lives there from animals to plants. Using contemporary technologies, Learners also look beyond our solar system to discover the possibility of life on other planets, future space transportation, artificial intelligence and other engaging concepts.
Chemistry is the branch of science that studies the properties of matter and how matter interacts with energy. Chemistry is considered a physical science and is closely related to physics. Sometimes chemistry is called the "central science" because it is an important part of other major sciences such as biology, Earth science, and physics. Learners explore not only chemical reactions through experimentation, but materials and their properties through STEM.
Physics is a branch of science that studies matter and its motion as well as how it interacts with energy and forces. Physics is a huge subject. There are many branches of physics including electricity, astronomy, motion, waves, sound, and light. Physics studies the smallest elementary particles and atoms as well as the largest stars and the universe. Physics is FUN at Hampton Park Primary through using hands-on concrete materials such as Mindstorms Lego, gaming, coding and other engineering challenges.
Biology is the branch of science that studies life and living organisms. This includes such subjects as the cell, genes, inheritance, microorganisms, plants, animals, and the human body. Learners also study environmental issues that may affect their own lives such as overpopulation, global warming, climate change and extinction of species.
Often skipped over is learning about the amazing humans who have put in an immense effort to make the world a better place through discoveries in Science. Through each of the core sciences, learners will understand the people behind the experiments, observations, theories and changes to our world.