November 15, 2019

Science

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. Our curriculum is organised in such a way as to optimise the process of long-term memory retention. This is done through carefully assessing prior learning and knowledge and building upon this with memorable activities and ingemination.

Our vision for science – Children will develop their science capital through inspirational and engaging hands-on lessons that relate to the world they know beyond the classroom. ‘What is science capital?’

Children will question and use the full range of enquiry types to plan, complete and analyse their own investigations and will consider excelling at science an attainable goal. Science vision and principles

Science laboratory: Our children benefit from being taught in our state-of-the-art science laboratory by a subject specialist science teacher. 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. Their knowledge and understanding is actively assessed by their teacher for each new topic in order to enable accurate planning to move their learning forward. Children are assessed at the end of the topic to ensure progress is made. Interventions may take place at any point during the topic as the teacher deems necessary. Progress and attainment is tracked both against each topic and across the year against ‘learning scientifically’ criteria.

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 discovery days – there will be 3 science discovery days throughout the year, one during each term. The whole school will take part and focus on themes and activities that will motivate and inspire the pupils.

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 2019