At Stubbins Primary School, we believe that teaching and learning in science will inspire children, encourage them to be inquisitive about the world, nurture their innate curiosity and enable them to develop a range of skills that are useful across their learning. We aim to ensure that our children are ‘Growing and Learning Together’ to develop enthusiastic and motivated learners, who achieve highly and reach their full potential.
At our school, Science offers opportunities for children to build a foundation of key knowledge and concepts, as well as develop skills in scientific enquiry and questioning. We actively encourage children to be inquisitive and develop their natural curiosity, whilst increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world.? ?The aim is for scientific enquiry to form a common thread through the curriculum, helping children to understand that science is just as much about what they do as about what they know.?
At Stubbins Primary School, we aim to maximise the opportunities for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more about science.?We aim to?develop life-long learners?of science with deep knowledge and conceptual understanding; who, through rational explanation, recognise the power of the scientific method and acquire a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
All the children are taught the knowledge and skills of science as outlined in the National Curriculum document (2014) for science. Our science curriculum is designed to enrich our children’s lessons using outdoor learning, educational visits, expert science visitors, scientific resources, books and the internet. ?
Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.
Our progression of skills and knowledge shows the knowledge and skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage. It also shows how knowledge and skills are built upon through the year groups. Differentiation and scaffolded learning ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required.
Wherever possible children will be given opportunities to explore Science within the local environment through visiting local places of interest, Science museums and meet or work will with visitors.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage we provide opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and skills from the ‘Exploration and Investigation’ aspect of ‘Understanding of the World’ they:
- Investigate objects and materials by using all of their senses as appropriate
- Find out about, and identify, some features of living things, objects and events they observe
- Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change
- Ask questions about why things happen and how things work.
Activities that are planned encourage children’s interest and curiosity both indoors and outdoors. Opportunities are given for the children to tell each other what they have found out, to speculate on future findings or to describe their experiences; this enables them to rehearse and reflect upon their knowledge and to practise new vocabulary. Their learning is supported to allow them to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them to make sense of the world. Whenever possible, children are encouraged to take part in first-hand ‘experiments’ where they observe what happened and begin to make links from their experience and talk about what they think is happening and why. This leads to children beginning to make predictions and then testing their theories.
In the Key Stage One we provide opportunities for children to:??
- observe closely, using simple equipment such as a magnifying glass.
- identifying and classifying
- using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions
- gathering and recording data to help in answering questions?
In the Key Stage Two we provide opportunities for children to develop:
- Confidence in asking questions,?thinking of?ways to answer them and research skills;
- Independence, resilience and creativity in problem solving;
- Ability to plan and carry out different types of investigation;
- The ability to use scientific equipment appropriately and take accurate measurements;
- The application of science skills in different scenarios;
- Effective analysis of evidence, the ability to draw conclusions, explain reasons and evaluate;?
- Communication skills to record and present scientific ideas and understanding to a range of audiences.
Our science curriculum is designed in such a way that children’s learning is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Pupils will leave primary school equipped with the skills and knowledge to form a strong foundation for their Science learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for science.
Our high-quality science curriculum is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Its impact is measured by:
- Comparing what children knew at the start of the topic to what they know at the end. KWL grids and mind maps. After the topic has been taught, we ask children to add what they have now learnt using a different coloured pen. This allows us to see how much the children have remembered and how much progress they have made.
- Summative assessment of pupils’ skills (termly data is put on our iTrack tracking system and is analysed by the subject leader)
- Images and videos of the children’s practical learning;
- Discussions with pupils about their learning (pupil voice);
- Drop ins / book looks, and feedback given by subject leader
- Annual reporting to parents about their child’s achievement and effort within science;
- Children are questioned about their current and previous learning;
- Children are encouraged to question each other and discuss their knowledge whilst completing their scientific learning;
- Displays of children’s work are in classrooms and around school, celebrating learning and demonstrating progression across the school;
- We celebrate outstanding science by using stickers, class Dojo’s and Head Teachers Award