Science teaching at St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. At St. Mary’s we aim to promote a love of science and nurture and develop children as critical, creative and collaborative thinkers.
At St. Mary’s, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study (where appropriate) and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Topics, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
Teachers have a sound understanding of the knowledge (including vocabulary) which the children must master. They plan carefully for progression and depth so that children are able to enjoy and achieve in science. CPD is given to staff to ensure quality of teaching for the children.
Through well-resourced science equipment, the children will gain practical science experiences in order to develop their understanding. Online resources, such as Explorify, are used to promote science investigation and enable children to answer scientific questions.
Use of our extensive outside area including hedgerow habitats, raised bed areas and the tree lined school field enable us to further develop enquiring scientific minds.
Children are given challenging questions through the 'OVALS' system we have adopted from Durham LA so that they are able to apply their science learning in a philosophical and open manner.
Trips outside of school and visits from science experts, such as Captain Chemistry, will enhance the learning experience through enrichment and aspirational guidance.
Our science curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is well planned through a system of OVALS to demonstrate and ensure progression.
Pupil enjoy and are enthusiastic about science.
Floorbooks and pupil books show a range of topics and evidence of curriculum coverage in science.
More pupils achieve age-related expectations in science at the end of their cohort year.
Pupils are able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge - they are keen scientists.
Pupils are able to work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
Pupils retain science knowledge and are equipped with the skills to enable them to be ready for the KS3 curriculum.