Science at Victoria Primary school is designed to create a sense of awe and wonder. It makes children curious about the world around them and makes them want to find out more. It should guide the children in solving problems to do with the physical, natural and human worlds. Science encourages children to be critical, creative and reflective thinkers, and encourages them to take risks in order to improve.
To fulfil these aims, children need to acquire both factual knowledge and the skills of Scientific Enquiry; identifying questions that can be addressed scientifically; planning and carrying out experiments; evaluating data and recognising the limitations of their own and others’ work.
We assess primary science through a range of tools, including observations, questioning, recording and testing.
Most of all Science at Victoria Road Primary School is fun!
Purpose of study
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
The programmes of study describe a sequence of knowledge and concepts. While it is important that pupils make progress, it is also vitally important that they develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage. Insecure, superficial understanding will not allow genuine progression: pupils may struggle at key points of transition (such as between primary and secondary school), build up serious misconceptions, and/or have significant difficulties in understanding higher-order content.
Pupils should be able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, but they should also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. They should build up an extended specialist vocabulary. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. The social and economic implications of science are important but, generally, they are taught most appropriately within the wider school curriculum: teachers will wish to use different contexts to maximise their pupils’ engagement with and motivation to study science.
Science Statement of Intent
To develop children's scientific knowledge and understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, for now and the future.
At Victoria Road Primary, we hope our children will develop their scientific knowledge through carefully planned exciting Science opportunities. All Science sessions are cross-curricular and links to 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 following 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. During their time in Lower Key Stage Two children are encourages to speak about their findings and later write about what they have found. Finally, in Upper Key Stage Two, children 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, including 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. During their time at Victoria Road, we aim to equip children with the knowledge required to use and implement Science today, tomorrow and for their futures.
Science Week is coming!
Monday March sees British Science Week. To find out more about British Science Week click https://www.britishscienceweek.org/ This year it will form part of the Open Day in October.