Science

 

Intent

At St. Peter’s Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life.

 

Our scientific learning aims to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry, it nurtures the natural curiosity of our children.

 

At St. Peter’s, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific 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;
  • develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge;
  • use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including 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.

 

Implementation

 

At St. Peter’s Primary School children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stages 1 and 2.  In Early Years, Science is continually taught through the children learning about the world around them. 

 

Teachers encourage a positive attitude to Science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Science.

 

  • Science is taught in planned blocks by the class teacher, following guidance from the Lancashire Curriculum.
  • We provide problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their investigative skills and research to discover the answers.
  • 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 children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
  • We build upon the learning and skill development of previous years. As children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and 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 these skills are being developed throughout each year group and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching.
  • Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically 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 support from experts, such as Edgmond Hall staff.

 

Additional opportunities for learning in Science are provided through whole school Science days, educational visits linked to the Science curriculum and our weekly Science club.

 

We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.

 

Impact


The science curriculum at St. Peter’s results in a fun, engaging, science education, that provides children with the foundations 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. Through various 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.

 

Children enjoy Science at St. Peter’s. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum. Through the questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science, it supports their enjoyment of Science and motivates them as learners.