We are Scientists.
I love science simply because it's exciting, practical and interesting. It gives you those 'wow' moments when you discover something new.
I absolutely love Science and actively encourage children to explore the world around them
I love Science because it is such a diverse subject which links with the real world.
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.
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.
- Solve problems.
- Plan and question in a varied range of contexts.
- Record their findings orally, through simple pictures and simple charts.
Key stage 1 Science blocks of learning- Working Scientifically is always to be taught alongside knowledge content.
|Year 1||Plants||Animals including human||Everyday materials||Seasonal Changes|
|Year 2||Plants||Animals including human||Use of Everyday materials||Living things and their habitats|
In KS1 children should have many opportunities to:
- 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 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|
- 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.
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.
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.