St Winifred’s Catholic Primary School
At St. Winifred’s we teach science because we want to encourage and develop children’s natural curiosity in the world around them. We want children to become independent learners and science is at the heart of our rapidly changing world in which we live and in which children are growing. Teaching science can enable children to gain a greater understanding of this world.
As a Rights Respecting School, We strive to respect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (article 29) Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment. The Science curriculum gives each child the opportunity to respect the natural world and explore their place in a changing physical world.
Through our teaching of science we want to develop all pupils into:-
- Children who question.
- Children who organise their thoughts.
- Children who reflect on their results and evaluate.
- Children who can communicate their ideas both orally and in writing and diagrams.
- Children who have confidence as scientists, irrespective of ability, gender or race.
When teaching science we are fostering the skills of working scientifically by asking questions, predicting, observing and measuring, manipulating variables gathering and interpreting results and evidence and evaluating what they have found and researching using secondary sources.
We aim to cover the requirements of the Science programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 through following the Kent Scheme of Work for Primary Science, 2014, Edukent, for each year group (see plan for 2014-2020 on Curriculum Teacher’s shared area)
We use ICT to promote learning and extend methods of recording and analysing results, for example using spreadsheets for storing and organising a range of data collected by children.
We try to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum by the Summer Term of Year 6 by teaching science for on average 2 hours per week, ideally in a block or organised flexibly if necessary.
We provide opportunity for practical science enquiry to promote discovery, believing that this can enable children to become methodical, self-critical, co-operative, objective and open minded.
We provide a format for children to help them record their work and use the ideas laid out in the key stage 1, lower key stage 2 and upper key stage 2 planning investigations guidelines. (see attached Planning an investigation sheets)
We encourage correct use of scientific vocabulary, so that all children can understand such terms as ‘fair test’ and ‘variable’ and can speak and write with increasing precision and clarity. Each topic should be started with sharing of key science words which should be displayed in the classroom science area.
We work closely with children with special needs to direct their learning through appropriate questioning and give guidance and scaffold ing support on recording their work.
We provide access for all members of the class irrespective of race or gender or ability by allowing mixed groups to work together or individual enquiry when appropriate.
We ensure we have an adequate supply of resources and equipment which is arranged in boxes together with books, DVD and posters, stored in the Science Resource area.
We create an attractive, stimulating science area in each classroom which may include a display of key words, artefacts, books, drawings, posters and examples of children’s work.
We encourage children to use the I.C.T (simulations, data loggers, microscope, digital cameras, and internet) topic books and encyclopaedias found in the library to help them with research.
We ensure safety regulations are met by alerting staff to possible hazards in the medium term planning guidelines.
We maintain care of equipment and encourage children to develop a sense of responsibility towards it.
Policy into Practice
- Class teachers must timetable science lessons each week.
- Good quality science teaching and learning needs to Engage the children, let the children Explore, allow children to Explain what they have found out, Extend their knowledge and Evaluate their knowledge and skills.
- Good Science teaching should include clear exposition by the teacher, skilful questioning of pupils and a mixture of teacher demonstration, independent use of reference resources and practical and experimental work by the pupils. Science can be delivered through a mixture of individual, small group and whole class teaching, where appropriate.
- To aid planning and coverage we use Kent Scheme of Work for Primary Science, 2014,( Edukent) as our core scheme. Other schemes can be used as a supplement the teaching of science eg Hamilton trust and old QCA.
- We organise at least one science trip ( including Horton Kirby Environmental Centre) each year.
- Where appropriate, we invite science experts and outreach workers to come into school to do workshop eg Andrew Smith (Bugman) or Science Museum Outreach and local GP , dentist or an environmentalist.
- The Science resources area in the Junior site is located upstairs in B block and houses general Science equipment (organised into storage boxes, draws of posters, DVDs). At the Infant’s site, science resources are stored in the shed.
Curriculum and planning
Medium term planning from Edukent can be found on the curriculum teacher’s shared area on the server and teachers are expected to print off their topics for the term. Plans have been organised into topic folders within year group folders.
It is advised that teachers amend these plans in year group planning sessions to ensure good pace, coverage and assessment opportunities.
Record Keeping and Assessment
All Science work should be:
- neatly presented in an A4 science book.
- marked regularly in accordance with the school’s marking policy.
Children should be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science and teacher assessment must be carried out at the end of each topic using the assessment grid from Edukent medium term plans.
Teacher assessment must be shared with Science coordinators and SLT once a term.
The Science coordinators must carry out regular sampling of Science books and classroom display to ensure high quality teaching and learning of Science throughout the school. Feedback should be given and good practice shared with colleagues. (See Science sampling sheet attached)
Where needs arise, science coordinators should have opportunity to support colleagues, especially NQTs through team teaching and lesson observations.
Any member staff seeking support in the teaching of Science should be given the opportunity to attend suitable courses when they become available. This should be arranged with the Science coordinators or SLT. The Science coordinator and Head teacher will arrange regular INSET including staff meetings.