Our Approach to Science
Science is important; it underpins
every aspect of our lives
Science education is one of the most important subjects in school due to its relevance to our childrens’ lives and the universally applicable problem-solving and critical thinking skills it uses and develops. We aim to develop these lifelong skills that allow our children to generate ideas, weigh decisions intelligently and even understand the evidence behind public policy-making.
Teaching technological literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving through science gives will give our children the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Key Stage 2
Each of our science lesson covers two national curriculum objectives; one knowledge based and the other on scientific skills. These are also presented as ‘I Can….’ statements, differentiated by year group, increasing in sophistication and depth of understanding accordingly.
The ‘I Can…’ statements allow the children to achieve the national curriculum objective at an age appropriate level of understanding and will enable our teachers to provide different learning experiences for pupils of all ages.
The identified lesson objectives are designed to be progressive for each programme of study with each lesson building on prior learning and focusing on one specific element of an investigation; planning, data collection and analysis or evaluating an investigation. This approach helps children to confidently carry out a full investigation and furnish them with skills which can be applied to any scientific investigation, irrespective of context.
Each programme of study includes assessments which are fully aligned to the National Curriculum and Empiribox Plus provides opportunities to learn science beyond the National Curriculum.
Teaching Practical Science
Children learn about science best through practical investigations.
Every investigation has been carefully chosen to maximise understanding of the subject and develop the scientific skills required and the hands-on lessons have been designed to inspire children
Pupils are encouraged to explore investigations at their own pace and in line with age-appropriate objectives. Formative and summative assessments help our teachers to keep track of pupils’ progress and see the benefits practical science is having week by week.