At Arundale Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science and we give the teaching and learning of this core subject the prominence it requires. Scientific thinking and enquiry are essential for all aspects of a child’s learning journey as it helps develop problem solving strategies through investigation. Due to this we provide many opportunities to develop scientific enquiry skills and increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world. Our aim is to fuel the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
At Arundale Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to progress in a wide range of scientific areas.
· Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
· Develop understanding of scientific enquiry through different types of investigations which help pupils answer their own questions about the world around them.
· Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
· Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific findings it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
· Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
· Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
Our programme of study is based on National Curriculum requirements and it is important all pupils develop knowledge, explore practical Science and make progress. We endeavour to ensure our Science curriculum provides motivation for further development of skills to use in the next stage of their education and life experiences.
This process starts in EYFS, where pupils learn about the world around them and components of Science through exploration in their immediate environment. Additional opportunities are provided through active play and educational visits.
Through Key Stage One, pupils extend this with continued opportunities to develop their investigation skills which focus on the ability to think rationally and test their own ideas. The programme of study includes understanding key scientists from the past and how their work has shaped our future, testing different materials and natural phenomena.
A key aspect in Key Stage Two is preparation for Secondary Science. Pupils learn and utilise the fair test investigation process: predict, plan, investigate, collect evidence, conclude and question. This continuous process enriches their understanding of variables, ability to develop their own investigation and test their own questions about the world around them.
Teachers create a positive attitude to Science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Science. To achieve these aims, a whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Science has been devised.
· Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher which link to prior learning in earlier year groups.
· Problem solving opportunities which allow children to discover for themselves.
· Precise teacher questioning to test conceptual knowledge and skills and assess children regularly.
· Skills required to work scientifically are embedded into lessons to ensure consistent development.
· Use of scientific equipment to develop investigations.
· Opportunities to develop understanding of surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
Statement of Impact The successful approach at Arundale Primary results in an enjoyable, engaging and high-quality Science education which provides children with the good foundations for future learning. Our engagement with the local environment (through Forest School and the use of our school grounds) ensures children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts, children have the understanding that Science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
To further develop our Science curriculum, pupil voice and teacher input are used. Questioning views and attitudes to Science supports future advancements, motivates learning and the enjoyment of Science in pupils and staff.