We are Scientists!
Science is a significant part of human culture and represents one of the pinnacles of human thinking capacity. It provides a laboratory of common experience for development of language, logic, and problem-solving skills in the classroom.
Science is a key part of our curriculum teaching pupils a range of skills and experience which support wider learning and development. Science is taught as a discrete subject and through cross-curricular topics. Science at Flamstead Village School is about investigating, and as such, we create opportunities to learn by ‘doing’ and observing science in action. Through our teaching of Science all learners will have:
- Broad scientific knowledge, supported by ideas and concepts with opportunities to explore certain themes in greater depth.
- Strong scientific literacy, with the ability to access information to research and assess the validity of information they find and make informed decisions about their findings.
- The ability to then discuss and challenge these ideas.
- Knowledge of key scientists throughout history, linked to the topic being covered, and how they helped
to shape our world
- A good understanding of the relevance of Science in everyday life, allowing them to make informed decisions later in life regarding their own education.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods through different types of Science enquiry that help learners to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the Science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is developed through a progression of knowledge and skills, key vocabulary and five types of enquiry:
- fair testing
- observing over time
- use of secondary sources
- pattern seeking
- identifying and classifying
Each class will have a weekly Science lesson, typically lasting for an afternoon session. In KS1 and KS2 children’s written work will be shown in their Science books. In Early years, Science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play.
Science should be enquiry-based wherever possible, with topics being focused on pupils experimenting, investigating and being able to ask key questions to develop their understanding.
It is also important that pupils see themselves at scientists; each KS2 topic, and some in KS1, will have time to explore an important scientist who has had an impact on that particular area. Pupils will find out about how people become scientists and will be able to develop their own aspiration.
The desired outcomes of the Science curriculum will ensure that pupils are well rounded and ready to embark on secondary education, with a better understating of what they are good at and will have developed skills to help face any challenges.
Assessment is continuous and evidenced through the use of our marking policy. Assessment may also be more formal such as a task at the start and end of a topic, a game, mini quizzes or a final piece of writing to demonstrate understanding.
Scientific skills as well as factual knowledge will be assessed in order to decide whether a child is working towards, at expected, or working above the expected standard. From this, teachers are then able to plan learning opportunities to support pupils in filling any gaps that they might have in their knowledge or skills to enable them to make excellent progress in the subject.