Science at St Mary & St Margaret's Primary School
Our School Values set the ethos in which our teaching in Science is grounded:
We believe that St Mary and St Margaret’s CE Primary School exists to enable every child to realise his or her potential to the fullest possible extent, whatever his or her particular needs and abilities. We aim to help all children to be the best they can be by ‘living life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10).
To this end, we promote our agreed School Values:
At our school science stimulates and excites children’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them.
It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge.
Science at our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable us to make sense of the world.
We believe that science will lead to a better understanding of ourselves and the world.
It provides opportunities to appreciate scientific facts and concepts and to experience scientific discovery.
Aims of Science in our school:
Our teaching style:
At St Mary & St Margaret’s we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children's knowledge, skills, and understanding. Sometimes, we do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times, we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity.
We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures and photographs. They use ICT in science lessons because it enhances their learning. They take part in role-play and discussions, and they present reports to the rest of the class.
Children engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in real scientific activities, e.g. investigating a local environmental problem, or carrying out a practical experiment and analysing the results.We recognise that in all classes, children have a wide range of scientific abilities, and we ensure that we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child.
At St Mary & St Margaret’s Key Stage One and Key Stage Two follow the Engaging Science curriculum which is based on the principles that:
-Science is best taught through practical sessions and investigation
-Pupils should be encouraged to think both scientifically and creatively
-Curiosity, wonder, humour and even disgust are emotions that build engagement in Science
Science in EYFS
At St Mary & St Margaret’s we follow the EYFS Early Adopter framework (2020). Within this framework there are four guiding principles which shape our practice.
Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
As part of our practice we:
Science is fully embedded in the EYFS Curriculum and children have daily opportunities to explore and engage in scientific activities to help them progress towards meeting the ELG (Early Learning Goal) linked to the Science Curriculum at the end of Reception:
-Understanding the World
Science is fully embedded in the EYFS Curriculum and children have daily opportunities to explore and engage in scientific activities to help them progress towards meeting the ELGs (Early Learning Goals) linked to the Science Curriculum at the end of Reception 'Understanding the World - The Natural World', 'Understanding the World - People, Culture & Communities' and 'Understanding the World - Past and Present'
'Working Scientifically Concepts' we follow in school during every topic:
Topics taught in each year group:
Year 1 - The Weather, Animal Kingdom, Everyday Materials, Plants, Our Environment
Year 2 - Materials, Animals & Their Needs, Living Things, Habitats, Plants, Local Habitats
Year 3 - Animals & Skeletons, Rocks, Light, Plants, Forces & Magnets, Animal Homes
Year 4 - Digestion, States of Matter, Sound, Electricity, Classification, Respecting our Environment
Year 5 - Earth & Space, Decay & Recycling, Life Cycles, Mixtures & Reactions, Human Development, Forces
Year 6 - Heart & Lungs, Evolution, Classification, Electricity, Light, Field Studies