Super Science

Mrs Cunliffe is the teacher in charge of Science.

Intent

In our Science teaching we aim to ensure our children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. They 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.  Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in every topic and are revisited throughout their time at school.  Topics, such as Living things and their Habitats, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this knowledge into their long-term memory.

They are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.

Our Scientific Superheroes are:

Implementation

Science is taught as five block units per Year Group across all of the Key stages, in line with the Science Programmes of Study from the National Curriculum, delivering a coherent and progressive Science Curriculum. Each unit includes a strong focus on the skills of scientific enquiry through an investigative and exploratory approach that makes learning memorable.

Science is taught as a stand-alone subject but suitable links to other topics are made where appropriate throughout the academic year. Links to English and Maths are made were appropriate.

At the start of each unit, concept maps are used to develop an initial assessment of pupils’ prior learning.  This helps teachers have the flexibility to plan lessons which meet the needs of the pupils in their class, differentiating for Scientific skills and understanding as well as literacy skills and Special Needs. Planning should not be rigidly set and where possible enquiries should be child led and flexible.  There will be a strong focus on discussion to broaden children’s scientific understanding.   Throughout the units, time is allocated to address misconceptions as they arise.  Scientific vocabulary is specifically taught and revised throughout each unit.  Use of key vocabulary and classroom displays are used to secure Scientific vocabulary. Throughout the unit or on completion of the unit children demonstrate new knowledge and understanding by adding to their concept maps.  We use EXPLORIFY throughout school as the children enjoy taking part in the ‘Odd one Out’, ‘Problem Solvers’, ‘What’s Going On’ and ‘Zoom In, Zoom Out’.

A variety of learning opportunities are used to deliver our curriculum, and teachers are encouraged to make learning in Science as hands on and creative as possible whilst still making learning explicit.  Opportunities to develop STEM activities will be undertaken throughout the year.  Opportunities to attend off site Science activities or in school activities such as Specialist visitors, Industry, workshops or whole school Science events ensure we offer a broad and wide Science Curriculum.

Science Progression Planning 2021/22

Science Long Term Plan 2021/22

Here are our Science Knowledge Organisers for this academic year-

YEAR 1/2

Year 1.2 Animals Inc Humans part 2

Year 1/2 Animals Inc Humans

Year 1/2 Living Things

Year 1/2Materials Autumn

Year 1/2 Plants

Year 2/3

Year 2/3 Animals Inc Humans

Year 2/3 Materials and Rocks

Year 2/3 Plants

Year 3/4

Year 3/4 Animals Inc Humans

Year 3/4 Electricity

Year 3/4 Light

Year 3/4 Living Things and their Habitats

Year 3/4 Sound

Year 3/4 States of Matter

Year 5

Year 5 Animals Inc Humans

Year 5 Forces

Year 5 Living Things

Year 5 Properties of Materials

Year 5 Space

Year 6

Year 6 Animals Inc Humans Fighting Fit

Year 6 Blinding Lights

Year 6 Electricity Bright Sparks

Year 6 Evolution and Inheritance Game of Survival

Year 6 Living Things Odd One Out

Impact

Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.

Assessment in Science  is teacher based and formed using a range of informal strategies;

·       Children’s contributions to class discussions

·       Quiz style questions

·       Verbal and written outcomes from learning

·       Initial and final concept maps

·       Observations and careful questioning of pupils working scientifically.

The teaching of Science is also monitored through book scrutinies, learning walks and lesson observations as well as pupil voice.

These factors ensure that we are able to maintain high standards in Science and enable pupils to be fully prepared and equipped to successfully continue their Scientific learning journey at secondary school and in their later lives.

 

Science Community Projects

We have been working alongside The Edina Trust for many years.  This year we have been set a new challenge.  We are taking part in ‘The Bulb Project’  On Wednesday 20th October children in Year 3/4 and Year 5 each planted a daffodil and a cactus as well as 20 other daffodils.  Over the next few months we will be observing and collecting lots of data including rainfall and temperature.  Watch this space for more updates!

 

We were asked by the Netherton Community group to help to plant daffodils in their new garden which used to be the old cricket field.  Here are Year 6 getting stuck in!

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Here are Year 2/3 planting at the old cricket club!

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School Meadow

For the past couple of years we’ve been planting, caring for and using our school meadow in lessons.  We’ve been amazed with the amount of bees, butterflies and insects we’ve seen.  We’ve made cross curricular links with our meadow e.g. Art, Science, DT.

Important Documents for Science

Science Policy

EXCITING SCIENCE LINKS-

BBC SCHOOLS – take part in activities and play games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/science.shtml

WOODLANDS RESOURCES– play games related to all of the National Curriculum requirements.http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/revision/Science/index.html

SCIENCE KIDS– be a Science Detective with these interactive challenges.
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities/detectivescience.html

Science Sparks – free printable, fun science activities

 

Whole School STEM Day

 

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