Subject Leads: Miss Greenall (Infant School) and Mrs Williams (Junior School)
"The most important thing is never stop questioning." Albert Einstein
The skills of a great science student:
- discover for themselves through trial and error - taking risks, designing own investigations, answering questions/hypotheses and persevering to solve problems
- understand and use the correct scientific vocabulary
- communicate effectively to ask questions and formulate explanations
- record their learning in a variety of different ways to demonstrate their understanding
- work together and support each other - showing effective collaboration.
Our vision for science
- Children make links to and apply their learning in science, right across the curriculum
- Children think scientifically and critically, asking questions about the world around them
The strands of the Science National Curriculum
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the three specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through participation in 5 different types of scientific enquiries, enquiries that help them to ask and answer questions relating to the world around them.
- be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the importance, use and implications of science, today and for the future.
At St. Mary's, science lessons in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 are predominantly first-hand, practical experiences that promote curiosity, thinking and questioning and provide opportunities for children to discuss, draw and write simple evaluations about their discoveries. Our youngest children are taught and encourage to use the correct scientific terminology during lessons in order to develop their vocabulary in an engaging and meaningful way. When it comes to finding our about the world around them, young children are naturally inquisitive - we strive to develop this through engaging, hands-on, practical experiences.
As our children progress to Key Stage 2, the learning journey continues and the lines of enquiry, knowledge and skills deepen. Pupils evidence their observations, experiences, investigations and further develop their ability to discuss, argue, feedback and collaborate with their peers. Although practical activities continue to play a dominant role, older pupils are able to present and provide evidence of their learning and scientific thinking in a variety and increasing number of ways - selecting the one most appropriate to the task in hand.