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Intent

 

At Victoria Road Primary, we hope our children will develop their scientific knowledge through carefully planned, exciting science opportunities.  Science sessions embed previous learning and deepen understanding are planned in.  We aim to support children to develop an understanding of the process and methods of science by providing a range of scientific enquiries, investigations and questions to help them explore the world around them.  We hope to develop and nurture our children’s curiosity by not only following the National Curriculum,  but also following their questions and interests to hopefully develop a love, passion and appreciation for Science.  

 

For Key Stage One, the focus is to enable pupils to experience and observe the world around them.  Following on from their time in Early Years Foundation Stage children need time to deepen prior learning and engage in first hand experiences and begin to use simple scientific language. 

 

During their time in Lower Key Stage Two, the emphasis is all around children having opportunities to broaden their Scientific view of the world around them.  Children are still encouraged to talk, test and make links.  Children are encouraged to speak about their findings and later write about what they have found. 

 

In Upper Key Stage Two, children’s principal focus is to allow children time to deepen and develop their understating of a range of scientific ideas.  Here we encourage our children to select the most appropriate way to answer and record their scientific findings.  

 

Our intention throughout school is to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions. This includes observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. 

 

Implementation

 

Teachers at Victoria Road create a positive attitude to Science learning within their classrooms. We reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in Science.

 

Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Science involves the following:


● Existing knowledge is checked at the beginning of each topic. This ensures that teaching is informed by the children’s starting points.


● Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to apply their knowledge, and find out answers for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom.

 

Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills,and assess pupils regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all pupils keep up. Tasks are selected and designed to provide appropriate challenge to all learners, in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.


● We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results. They become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.


● Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure that skills are systematically developed throughout the children’s school career. New vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics. 

 

Teachers and children also have a working knowledge of the 5 areas of Scientific Enquiry including:

 

  1. Pattern Seeking
  2. Identifying and Classifying
  3. Testing
  4. Research
  5. Observing. 

 

Teachers endeavour to cover one of these skills in each lesson with the view to giving equal time to each of the areas of Enquiry over the year.  

 

● Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various working scientifically disciplinary skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.


● Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.


● Regular events, such as Science Week or project days, such as nature day, allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. 


● Teachers use teacher assessment against the national curriculum objectives to decide if a child is working at WTS. ARE or GDS.    

 

 

Impact

 

The successful approach at Victoria Road results in an engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them.

 

Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the science curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

 

Children learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our community links. They learn from and work with professionals, ensuring access to positive role models within the field of science from the immediate and wider local community. From this exposure to a range of different scientists from various backgrounds, all children feel they are scientists and capable of achieving. Children at Victoria Road overwhelmingly enjoy science and this results in motivated learners with sound scientific understanding.

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