Reaching for the Stars with Aspiration and Hope
There is a rolling programme in place for Science across the school, which includes subjects to be covered and ensures that we are giving our children what they are entitled to in mixed age classes. Alongside this we encourage our children to work scientifically , encouraging them to investigate and develop a curiosity to learn. As a part of this, we often start our science focus with a question, a line of enquiry, which is reflected in our planning processes.
There are three aims in the Science National curriculum which are to ensure children::
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The type of Science Enquiry Skills that we see across the school include:
- Observing and Measuring
- Planning and setting up different types of enquiries
- Identifying and Classifying
- Performing tests
- Gathering and Recording data
- Using equipment
- Reporting, presenting and communicating data/findings.
It is important to us as a school that we provide a range of enrichment activities to support the development of STEM. In 2016, we achieved the Primary Quality Mark in Science (Bronze Award). This recognised our Science practice across the school, celebrating scientific thinking at school and at home. The PSQM aims are to:
- To raise the profile of science in primary schools;
- To provide schools with a framework and professional support for developing science leadership, teaching and learning;
- To celebrate excellence in primary science;
- To work with existing and facilitate new networks across the UK and wider to provide local support for primary science;
- To assemble and make accessible to the wider science education community a rich data base of current practice in primary science.
As a part of our whole school cohesion in the curriculum we adopt an enquiry focus each term, e.g. being scientists, historians, geographers, artists, musicians, linguists... We believe that this creates better connectivity between the subjects, making learning more relevant to the children, so that they are inspired to 'reach for the stars' as a school team and personally.
Science Coverage- please click on the planners for each class to see what is being taught from 2018-2020