Subject Leader – Miss R James
At St Michael’s Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.
In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
- 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;
- Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
- Develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
- Ask questions to further their understanding.
- Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
- Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
- Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
- Build resilience when working scientifically – tests don’t always work first time!
- Have their success in Science celebrated.
- Instill in our children a love of learning and an understanding of the importance and impact of science upon their journey of life.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
- Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
- We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
- Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
- Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
The impact of our curriculum will be evident in the progress of our children and their ability to know more, remember more and do more. Teachers continually give feedback to children to further their understanding and provide challenge, and children act upon this feedback. Children’s independence and confidence in applying skills is always encouraged within science. This successful approach results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners. Teachers continued in class observation and assessment, combined with end of topic assessment help to collate data that is then analysed and shared amongst staff to ensure all children are aided where necessary to meet the curriculum standards.
Science Yearly Overview
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Year 6||Light and Shadows||Plants and Classification||Circulatory System and Healthy Bodies||Evolution and Inheritance||Skills builder
|Year 5||Properties and changes in materials||Forces – effects on movement||Earth and Space||Living things ad their habitats – observing life cycles||Human life cycles||Skills Builder|
|Year 4||Digestive System
|States of matter||Electricity||Sound||Skills Builder|
|Year 3||Animals including Humans||Rocks||Light||Forces||Skills Builder||Plants|
|Year 2||Animals including Humans||Skills builder
|Plants and Growth||Animals and their habitats|
|Year 1||Animals including Humans||Skills builder
|Plants and Growth||Animals and their habitats|
Have a look at our science progression documents to look more closely at the skills and knowledge being taught across school.
From September 2020 we will be changing our science to individual class science rather than shared topics, to find out more please read our Science Progression Document 20-21