Science: A voyage of discovery.
In Key Stage 1, pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of ICT if it is appropriate.
At Key Stage 2, pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technical developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific vocabulary, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT to communicate their ideas.
Teaching and learning:
All lessons have clear learning objectives which are shared and reviewed with the pupils effectively. Progress is assessed using a range of strategies including questioning, discussion, marking, and pre / post unit quizzes. The information is used to identify what is taught next. Activities inspire the pupils to experiment and investigate the world around them and to help them raise their own questions such as “Why…?”, “How…?” and “What happens if….?”. Activities develop scientific skills – enquiry, observation, locating sources of information, selecting appropriate equipment and using it safely, measuring and checking results, making comparisons, and communicating results and findings. Where appropriate, lessons make links with other curriculum areas and subjects, especially literacy, mathematics and ICT.
The school ensures curriculum continuity by following the 2014 National Curriculum for science, with close liaison between our own, and other local schools’, staff at the planning stages. We use the school grounds and local environment to enrich our science learning, and invite relevant visitors whose scientific expertise can be a valuable aid to learning.