Science

Intent:

At Scholar Green Primary School, science should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for science; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of knowledge and skills and for the children to develop a love of science. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the natural and man-made world and a respect for the environment that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

The aims of teaching science in our school are to:

  • Equip children to use themselves as starting points for learning about science, and to build on their enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world
  • Develop through practical work the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesizing, and increased use of precise measurement skills and ICT
  • Encourage and enable pupils to offer their own suggestions, and to be creative in their approach to science, devising their own invitations and taking lines of enquiry in a way that interests them
  • Gain enjoyment from their scientific work
  • Enable children to develop their skills of co-operation through working with others, and to encourage where possible, ways for children to explore science in forms which are relevant and meaningful to them
  • Teach scientific enquiry through contexts taken from the National Curriculum for science
  • Encourage children to collect relevant evidence and to question outcome and to build resilience to persevere as it is likely they will need to repeat results or will encounter unexpected results that do not support their hypothesis
  • Encourage children to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity
  • Stress the need for personal and group safety by the correct usage and storage of resources
  • To critically question the world around them
  • To enable children to appreciate that we do not always know the answers when carrying out scientific enquiry as the world around them is continually changing and developing
  • Equip children with the language to be able to discuss their learning and confidently explain their scientific understanding in small groups

Implementation:

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Science is taught in discrete lessons for at least 1 hour 15 minutes in Key Stage One and 2 hours in Key Stage Two. We ensure that teachers have the same expectations during Science lessons that they would have when teaching English or Mathematics and that any mathematical task (such as measuring or drawing graphs) is pitched at an age-appropriate level to ensure sufficient challenge. It is vital that any mathematical or English barriers should not impede a child’s scientific learning, thus meaning dialogic learning is a central part to our science teaching.

The science curriculum at Scholar Green Primary School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document, which incorporates Working Scientifically.  When teaching science, teachers should follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. Before planning a unit of work, teachers should assess children’s prior knowledge and understanding using the vocabulary check to ensure the work planned is pitched at the correct level. A variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement.

Science provides excellent opportunities to enhance the learning of more able pupils through planning lines of enquiry, asking opened ended problems, analysis results and drawing conclusions based on scientific findings. Children showing extensive aptitude in science will be placed on our schools gifted and talented register.  These children will be selected for appropriate enrichment opportunities throughout the year.

At Scholar Green Primary School, we provide a variety of opportunities for science learning inside and outside the classroom. Learning outside of the classroom, especially in our “Forest School” setting, is an essential part to learning science. It is essential children observe and immerse themselves in their local environment to apply their learning practically to real-life situations.

We also believe it is important that parents are involved in their children’s science learning in an ever-evolving world. Every year, we have a “Family Science Event,” where the subject leader plans simple, engaging practical activities for the children to complete with their parents. This encourages them to ask questions about the world and demonstrates how they can think scientifically and investigate using simple everyday objects. This encourages families to engage with scientific activities themselves at home.

Impact:

We have been recognised for our achievements in Science teaching at Scholar Green Primary School by being awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark – Gold. This shows that the standard of science teaching and learning and the enrichment opportunities offered to the children is very high. Within science, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing opportunities for children to question and investigate to discover answers for themselves and take their learning in a direction they are interested in.

We have got The Primary Science Quality Mark Golld for our achievements in Science. This a huge achievement and only 300 schools have this recognition. 

 

 

We have also successfully completed the Tim Peake Primary Project. 

      

 We have devloped an Outside Classroom within our schools grounds, all the children will be taught in the outdoor classroom for Science at some point during the year. 

We ofren have Family Science Sessions in Shool. Children bring in their parents, grandparents, or another relative to come and take part in some hands on Science activities.

 

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