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We investigate, hypothosise, ask questions and create fair tests. We are curious and work methodically to investigate processes and collect data. We use our previous knowedge to ask questions and predict what we think will happen as a result of our experiments. We understand that science is fundemental in improving our lives and understanding the world and beyond. We feel a sense of awe and wonder as we discover more about natural phenomenon and processes. We rocket to the stars, tunnel deep underground and submerge ourselves within our oceans.

We are Scientists. 

 

 

Science Champions

Intent

At St Petroc’s, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond.  The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living.  We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes.  In a world that is constantly changing, we believe our children should develop skills of enquiry and wonder so that they can learn to not only be fascinated but also to care and look after the world they live in.  Our school believes that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or difference.   

To achieve this, we aim to maintain curiosity by: 

  • providing every child with the scientific experience to which they are entitled. 
  • building on children’s natural curiosity and develop a scientific approach to problems. 
  • communicating and relating science to everyday life and develop these experiences through scientific investigations. 
  • developing an interest and enthusiasm for science by providing enjoyable and rewarding science experiences. 
  • developing skills, knowledge and understanding of science based on first hand practical

activities and linked to science in the real world. 

  • teaching children how to communicate their ideas effectively with appropriate scientific vocabulary. 
  • help children understand that scientific knowledge relies on evidence. 
  • teaching children that scientific evidence can be obtained in a variety of ways. 
  • building children’s self- confidence to enable them to work independently and develop their social skills to work co-operatively with others. 
  • fostering concern about, and appreciation of, our environment.
  • making children aware of health and safety. 

 

 

Implementation of the teaching and learning of Science at St. Petroc’s C of E Primary School

All children over the course of their primary education will cover all aspects of study from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study, 2014.  This will be taught as part of each year group’s cross- curricular topic as planned within the Maestro Schemes of work.  Learning will also reflect the children’s interest, abilities, areas of local interest and events in the world such as the COVID 19 pandemic.  The focus for teaching is through investigations ensuring that children have experience of the full range of scientific enquiries.

 

Foundation Stage Science  

Foundation Stage children experience scientific activities through the Understanding of the World strand and investigation and exploration.  Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.  

They talk about the features of their environment and about how environments might vary from one another.  They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur and how they change.

Foundation stage children are encouraged to: 

  • Use their senses appropriately to explore and find out about their environment. 
  • Make decisions. 
  • Experiment. 
  • Predict. 
  • Solve problems. 
  • Plan and question in a varied range of contexts. 
  • Record their findings orally, through simple pictures and simple charts. 

 

KS1 Science  

Key stage 1 Science blocks of learning- Working Scientifically is always to be taught alongside knowledge content. 

 Year 1 

Plants

Animals including humans 

Everyday materials 

Seasonal Changes 

 Year 2 

Plants

Animals including humans 

Use of everyday materials 

Living things and their habitats 

 

KS1 science builds on the science activities and knowledge developed in the Foundation Stage. 

In KS1 children should have many opportunities to: 

  •  Observe. 
  •  Explore. 
  •  Ask questions.
  •  Begin to work together.  
  • Collect evidence to answer their questions.  
  • Begin to be aware of fair testing. 
  • Communicate their findings using scientific language.  
  • Use drawings, charts and tables to record.
  • Begin to interpret data. 
  • Use reference materials including ICT to find out about scientific ideas.  
  • Apply their science to other areas of the curriculum and to real life. 

 

KS2 Science 

KS2 science builds on the knowledge and skills gained in Foundation and KS1.  KS2 follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.  Teachers follow Maestro topic planning and also provide opportunities for exploring our rich outdoor environment and time to explore related areas of interest.  

KS2 Science blocks of learning. Working scientifically underpins knowledge content through investigation. 

 

3 

Plants      

Animals including Humans 

Rocks 

Light 

Forces and Magnets 

 

4 

Living things and their habitats 

Animals including Humans 

States of Matter 

Sound 

Electricity 

5 

Living things and their habitats 

Animals including Humans 

Properties and Changes of materials 

Earth and Space 

Forces 

6 

Living things and their habitats 

Animals including Humans 

Evolution and Inheritance 

Light 

Electricity 

 

In KS2 pupils develop the ability to: 

  • Analyse observations. 
  • Raise questions. 
  • Propose enquiries. 
  • Plan and carry out investigations. 
  • Communicate findings using reports and charts. 
  • Use scientific vocabulary. 
  • Use fair testing and controls in investigations. 
  • Use reference materials to find out about the work of scientists. 
  • Draw conclusions from their investigation. 

 

Teaching Styles and Strategies 

Each dedicated science lesson should have an investigative learning focus and/or a specific knowledge-focussed objective.   A range of teaching styles is necessary for the teaching of science, the approach being dependent on the topic and the abilities and experience of learners. 

Our teaching shall include opportunities for the following: 

  •  Teacher modelling. 
  •  Discussion techniques. 
  •  Consolidation and practice of fundamental skills and routines. 
  •  Problem solving. 
  •  First-hand experience. 
  •  The use of ICT. 
  •  Investigations and experimental work using questions, predictions, hypotheses, measurement and to interpret results into meaningful conclusions.
  • Recording through a range of methods e.g. diagrams, graphs, charts, models and investigation planning and recording sheets. 
  • Class work, group work and individual work.
  • Learning science through songs. 

 

Impact

The successful approach at St Petroc’s primary results in a fun, engaging, high quality science education which provides children with the foundations for understanding the world.  Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them such as trips and use of the extensive grounds and Wild Tribe area.  Children have the appreciation that Science has changed our lives and is vital to our world’s prosperity.  We aim for our children to achieve their full potential in science and be able to understand that each new taught concept provides a new, or builds on an existing, learning block. We want our children to think critically, ask questions and use their metacognition learning skills. Our children know the value of perseverance and embracing a challenge and, as a result, enjoy their Eureka moments!

Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupils’ views and attitudes towards Science, to assess the children’s enjoyment of science, and to motivate learners.

St Petroc’s C of E Primary School Science Skills and Knowledge Progression

St Petroc’s C of E Primary School Science Skills and Knowledge Progression with Curriculum Maestro Projects

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