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St Stephen's Church of EnglandPrimary School

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Science

Welcome to our Science page:

Intent:

At St.Stephen's we wish to provide a science rich curriculum that ensures our children develop the sticky knowledge and key vocabulary that allows them to explore our beautiful world, in addition to acquiring deep thinking and multi-purpose skills that will be used in life. Our balanced curriculum allows the possibility for children to question and learn the natural world around them, in a safe, inclusive environment. Meticulous planning ensures that learning is taught in a creative and active way, which tackles the big questions. Science provides the opportunity for children to activate prior learning and experiences to further develop a deeper understanding, tackle challenges which promote resilience and develop a natural curiosity, thus supporting each child’s mental health and wellbeing.

 

 

Implementation:

At St. Stephen’s, we follow the guidance of the National Curriculum and endeavour to help children make sense of the world around them through developing their knowledge of working scientifically throughout each programme of study. We have developed a curriculum to help the children embed the information they have stored from previous learning encouraging them to make links through cross curricular learning in order to embed the key concepts into their long-term memory.

Through effective teaching of science at St. Stephen’s, pupils are taught to:

  • Develop each child’s ability to observe and find patterns.
  • Raise questions, experiment and investigate reason systematically and logically.
  • Solve problems, present information and communicate effectively.
  • Use science in order to complement other areas of the curriculum through the application of mathematical and literacy skills.
  • Develop the ability to re-call information from their long-term memory.
  • Understand the key scientific concepts.
  • Embed the key concepts into their long term memory and apply them fluently showing progression across the school.
  • Develop the ability to work in a variety of ways including: working independently; collaborative work in groups; working with partners and as a whole class.

 

 

Impact:

At St. Stephen’s by the end of each key stage we expect our pupils to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes which are specified in each relevant programme of study.

Our approach at St Stephen’s CE Primary results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment as far as possible ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts, 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 science fairs and enterprise week. 

Data analysis, regular monitoring and next steps help to ensure that the children are progressing well throughout each stage of the programme of study. 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.

Science overview 2021-2022

Extra Curricular

During the academic year science clubs are taught by Mrs Carr (Open to all year groups throughout the academic year).  These provide additional opportunities for children to participate in practical science and engineering activities.

 

We also engage in Mad Science for our Passport for life skills. This allows the children to use and develop taught skills and to explore, question and discover the scientific world around them.

Here are a few useful websites featuring video clips and further information.

 

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/science.shtml  

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml

KS1 Science Club

Science in action!!

Our Science Displays around school!

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