Welcome to our Science page:
At St Stephen’s CE 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 want children to develop an interest in science and engineering through practical hands on experiences. We want every child to become inquisitive learners with a passion to develop and test their own theories.
At St Stephen’s CE Primary School, 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 an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of scientific 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. They will understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
- Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including using I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
- Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
- Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery by recognising the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
At St. Stephens CE Primary School, our children enter at Foundation Stage with a limited understanding of the world: they have limited experiences and opportunities. For this reason, we aim to give our pupils additional opportunities of science through the wider curriculum by linking scientific exploration through school trips and scientific concepts, knowledge and understanding through ‘Passport for Life’ opportunities eg. Mad Science. Science is built into the curriculum quite heavily and links where appropriate with the text based curriculum so that pupils are able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language as well as become familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. Our curriculum also enables children to build up an extended specialist vocabulary.
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:
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:
- Teachers 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.
- Ensure that ‘Working Scientifically skills’ are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career.
- Teachers also ensure that 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.
- 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.
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 2019-2020
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.
Here are a few useful websites featuring video clips and further information.