September 23, 2017

Science

 

Our dedicated science lab

CO-ORDINATOR MRS C KEOGH

Teaching and Learning: Our aim is to give the children a secure knowledge and understanding about the world we live in and build the skills needed in order to find things out for themselves. The teaching of Science focuses on firstly learning through practical, hands on activities and then giving the children the opportunity to express what they have learnt. 

Science laboratory: For the academic year 2017/18 the children will benefit from our new state-of-the-art science laboratory. All children will have the opportunity to use the science lab during the year; KS1 will have a rolling programme of experiments to carry out each term, and KS2 will conduct experiments in the lab on a weekly basis.

Assessment: Each half term children are taught a new topic. At the beginning of each topic children are given their ‘Learning Targets’ so that they have a clear understanding of what they are going to learn and can use the check list to assess their own learning as they are taught the lessons. At the end of the topic children are given the opportunity to record what they have learnt using the same ‘Learning Targets’ check list. The children will also undertake an end of topic test so that their progress can be recorded. This progress is tracked so that underachievement can be targeted.

Homework: In Years 3-6 children are given approximately half an hour of homework a week which is linked to the work they are doing in class.

Science Week: Every year the whole school comes together for science week. The children enjoy activities designed not only to deepen their understanding of scientific concepts, but also to inspire them and encourage them to ask questions.

Learning Outside the Classroom: We endeavour to create as many learning opportunities outside of the classroom as we can so that children can experience and learn from hands on activities. We encourage classes to use the outdoor classroom when learning and exploring within the school grounds. 

Most Able Children: All children are planned for according to ability. This includes a group that is working in the top ten per cent of their age group. These children are given differentiated activities so that they are challenged in the classroom.

Safety: On any potentially dangerous activities thorough risk assessments are carried out to make sure the children are safe.

Updated September  2017