Science

 

Science Lead: Sarah Frost

Our vision

Our vision is to ignite and inspire a lifelong love of learning. Imperative to developing children’s understanding of all subjects, is to give meaningful and tangible learning experiences. We believe science encapsulates curiosity which enables us to explore, investigate and link experiences and knowledge to understand the world around us.

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence.’ Isaac Newton.

Why we teach science

Science learning is essentially about understanding the world in which we live in, to help us understand ourselves and recognise the need to protect our planet for future generations.  Our aim is to build secure understanding of scientific concepts through observing, questioning, finding patterns and linking concepts. These skills underpin our learning and are identified in The National Curriculum 2014 as ‘working scientifically’ which permeate all science learning.

‘The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.’ Einstein.

 

Curriculum

The National Curriculum specifically advocates the teaching of secure science knowledge and conceptual understanding as ‘superficial understanding will not allow genuine progression’. We believe and strive to teach the objectives identified in The National Curriculum through a thematic approach. This enables us to give meaningful experiences where objectives are linked to the class’ theme and integrated into other subjects so that learning is contextualised. Each year group builds on the experiences, understanding, skills and knowledge gained in the previous year to embed and deepen children’s conceptual understanding and develop the skills necessary to develop scientific thinking.

In addition, a thematic approach allows us to embed the skills and understanding of working scientifically which explicitly teaches ‘the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science’ (N.C, 2016).  Furthermore, linking subjects and skills provides opportunities to apply mathematics and language skills to embed and deepen children’s skills and learning across the curriculum.

 

The aims:

  • To provide meaningful experience that enable all children, regardless of their starting points, achieve their potential.
  • To give opportunities for children to apply their knowledge and understanding across different concepts and across the curriculum.
  • To embed English speaking and listening, researching and writing skills and mathematical skills into science learning.

'Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn’ Benjamin Franklin.

 

Environment

All classes utilise the learning environment, both outside and inside.  Classroom displays reflect the concept being taught and where ever possible are interactive to model scientific vocabulary, terminology and skills. Questions should be used to give purpose to the display and challenge thinking further.

 The learning environment should:

  • Foster independence – children should be encouraged to select and collect the equipment they would need;
  • Focus on safety -  children should be made aware of how to use equipment safely and adjust the use for different observation or experiments;
  • Provide opportunities for children to observe overtime, to link across scientific concepts and reflect on their prior knowledge;
  • Celebrate children’s learning and achievements both in deepening knowledge and working scientifically skills.

 

Role of Science Lead

The role of the Science Lead is to:

  • Monitor achievement and progress across the school and measure how children are progressing in relation to their peers locally and nationally.
  • Monitor curriculum coverage.
  • Create a subject action plan and evaluate progress against it.
  • Report achievements and areas of development to Heads of School, Executive Head Teacher and The Governing Body.

For further guidance or more information about the statutaory guidance outlined in The National Curriculum please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

Alternatively, your class teachers are always happy to answer any queries.

 

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Bunbury Aldersey CE, School Lane, Bunbury, Cheshire, CW6 9NR

Tel: (01829) 260524 or 261332 | Email: admin@bunburyaldersey.cheshire.sch.uk