To be curious is the basis of teaching science at St Cuthbert’s School. Science enables children to refine their knowledge of the world around them. Through Science children observe, pose questions, predict and hypothesise about living things, materials and phenomena in the world. The subject provides a great opportunity for the application of linguistic and mathematical skills whilst undertaking practical investigations. Science promotes the development of key skills, such as, effective communication and co-operation with others, showing respect for differing opinions, perseverance when problem solving and reflection upon own learning and performance.
- to equip children with the investigative skills and strategies required to develop a scientific approach to the phenomena of everyday life.
- to foster the enjoyment of and respect for the environment
- to develop children’s awareness of the place of Science within the wider world.
- to enjoy Science lessons and foster a growing curiosity in the world around them.
How We Implement our Aims
All learning objectives come from the National Curriculum set out by the Government. Each Year group will study a variety of topics throughout the year. Below illustrates the learning in each year group throughout the year.
Science, as well as being a knowledge based subject, is also a skills based subject. A progressive approach to the skills the children will learn is used at Saint Cuthbert's School. The Scientific enquiry skills are interweaved within each unit of study in each Year Group. The purpose of this is to develop the children's investigation skills. See below the progression of skills within Science.
How we measure the impact of our provision
Opportunities for assessment are identified at the planning stage and teachers make on-going assessments throughout units of work. Teacher assessments take place at the end of each unit of work.
The Science Co-ordinator will also conduct termly monitoring through lesson observations, book trawls and pupil voice. The information collected will then inform any resources, training our support needed to further develop the provision we give the children.