The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 1 (KS1) is to enable children to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. Students at BISP are provided with incredible opportunities which encourage them to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. The students develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. In Year 1 and 2 students at BISP are fully engaged in learning about science through the use of first-hand practical experiences. This term KS1 students have had the opportunity to explore nature and science through interacting with animals and plants as part of their science learning.

Exploring Plants as Living Things with Year 1 Students

Year 1 has begun their new topic by looking closely at plants around the school. Students used iPads and checklists to find plants in the playground, and magnifying glasses to peer at the patterns revealed when they cut the fruits in half. 

The students planted a variety of seeds in compost including, chilli, melon and sunflowers. The children were excited to see that the sunflower seeds they planted had sprouted before the week was out, and had the opportunity to plant some fully grown plants in the Year 1 garden. They also placed bean seeds into small plastic greenhouses and will monitor the growth of their plant over time. 

Reptiles as Wonders in Nature with Year 2 Students

Year 2 students have been learning all about ways in which living things are connected. As part of this topic, they were treated to a visit from Michael, a professional snake handler, and his reptilian friends. The absolute highlight of the visit was a chance to touch and hold various snakes. Khun Yai was a firm favourite, a reticulated python which measured around 3m long. 

The children learnt very important tips on staying safe around snakes and how to recognise those that might be dangerous. The goal of the visit was to expose students to some of the wonders of nature and teach them about living with nature safely and harmoniously.