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.
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.
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.
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 and Learning
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-, ICT- and speaking and listening skills are highly valued and support the development of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. To ensure this is our whole-school approach, there are a range of strategies used including: books scrutinies; learning walks; pupil and teacher questionnaires; and termly data collection and tracking.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education. The skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success as local, national and global citizens. These fields are deeply embedded into and intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. This year we are focused on embedding STEM and stronger community links within our school through:
· Working alongside All About STEM and Science2U to deliver another fantastic Science week event.
· Engaging with STEM, ambassadors who come into school to share their knowledge and experience with the children, in the hopes of inspiring the younger generation to engage with and study STEM. We were fortunate enough to have 4 ambassadors visit Years 5 and 6 on the 17th of January, with the aim of inspiring young girls. The ambassadors were fantastic and planned engaging activities and demonstrations for the children.
· During Spring 2, there will also be a STEM after school club, which will run once a week. This is a club that gives children the chance to explore aspects of SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATHS. It can be about maths puzzles or even engineering. Our aim is to help improve team work and leadership skills, their confidence and engagement in STEM as well as their motivation to study STEM.
BBC Terrific Scientific
Over the past two academic years, Year 5 and 6 have taken 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.
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 five schools who form our cluster group.
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.
Due to the success of last year’s event, we will be continuing with the same process this academic year, but on a slightly larger scale. Fortunately, we have received the support of All About STEM, who have provided funding for this project, and Science2U, who have kindly offered to deliver a show at the event.
Date: to be confirmed
Useful Science Links