Science

Science

Key Staff: Miss E Ives

We provide a high-quality Science education, stemming from a child led investigative approach to learning at Christ Church CE Primary School. Through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics we ensure our children are provided with the foundations for understanding the world around them. As a result of delivering essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science, our pupils are inspired to reflect on how science has changed the world and how they could in turn change the world through science.

If you have any concerns or questions about Science please arrange to speak to Mrs Ives or email the school office.

Curriculum

Whole School Science Long Term Plan 2018/19

All science topics delivered in school are based around the 2014 National Curriculum for Science. Through high-quality teaching and a child led investigative approach to learning we aim to produce individuals who question, observe, investigate and hope to improve the world around them.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

·        Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

·        Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

·        Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Scientific Knowledge and conceptual understanding

The programmes of study for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 describe a sequence of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. In order for pupils to make progress they must have a secure, un-superficial understanding of each objective, preventing difficulty transitioning (between KS2 and KS3), misconceptions and difficulties understanding higher order content. Therefore throughout teaching science we ensure that all pupils are familiar with, and can use technical terminology, apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science and understand the importance of the social and economic implications of science, although the latter is mostly taught within the wider school curriculum.

The nature, processes and methods of science

‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. This should be embedded within the content of biology, physics and chemistry. In focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. In order to answer these questions pupils will collect, analyse and present data.

Teaching

At Christ Church CE Primary School teachers strive to inspire pupils to investigate the world around them. Teachers facilitate challenging, child led scientific investigations to ensure that pupils develop the skills to investigate and improve the world around them. This is achieved through high quality teaching and learning, resources and learning environments. Throughout the delivery of science, mathematical skills, ICT skills and speaking and listening skills are highly valued and support the development of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

BBC terrific scientific

Year 5 and 6 will continue taking part in an on-going campaign launched by the BBC called Terrific Scientific, with the overall aim being to ‘to inspire primary school pupils to discover their inner scientist.’ This programme has been a success in terms of inspiring and engaging pupils and because of this we have recently been awarded with the BBC Terrific Scientific Certificate of Excellence.

Both year 5 and 6 will complete each investigation before the set deadline. The results from the investigations are then uploaded to the BBC website and featured on the BBC’s interactive map.

Additional information:

·        To find more information visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific

·        There are a range of activities to try at home with your child here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific/sections/do-it-yourself

British Science and Engineering week

British Science and Engineering week will take place again in this academic year.   Last year we trialled a mini super science event, which was held at Woodchurch High School, designed by the subject leaders who attend cluster meetings.

All children had the opportunity to plan and carry out an investigation of their choice. They then created a well-designed and informative A2 poster documenting the different steps they had taken and what they had discovered. Each team then presented to their year group, where a winner was chosen. The winning team then presented to the governing body and the overall winner and runner up then went on to present at Woodchurch high school.

Last year, Year 1 and Year 6 were given this opportunity and the group of year 6 children eventually achieved third place in the whole competition. The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience, which is why Science Week will be run in the same way this year.

Useful Science Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific/sections/do-it-yourself

http://www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=68

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=62