Science

Pupils at Adderley Primary School will experience all aspects of Science developed in the Curriculum through Cornerstones projects and Love to Investigate (LTI) investigations.

We aim to provide a high-quality Science education through the understanding of the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. Through building up a bank of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

EYFS

Understanding the World

The school has adopted the guidance in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and is embedded in the seven areas of learning. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and will promote children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.

ELG The World:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.

They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

KS1 & KS2

The school has adopted the model outlined in the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. The programmes of study for Science are set out year-by-year for key stages 1 and 2 and will be completed by the end of the key stage.  Regular review of the curriculum ensures breadth, balance, continuity and relevance to all pupils at Adderley.

To achieve this aim at Adderley we intend to:

  • create an interest and positive attitude towards Science
  • provide opportunities for children to explore both the physical and biological worlds
  • create an environment in which children learn to use previous knowledge and skills to solve technological problems
  • encourage children to work co-operatively to collect information and exchange ideas to further their investigations
  • provide an environment where children are encouraged to explore and experiment.
  • develop manipulative and language skills
  • provide experiences which enable the child to use and become familiar with scientific processes
  • encourage children to acquire information from various sources and to check and compare their findings
  • make the children aware of the environment and to develop enquiring minds
  • encourage children to identify patterns and to seek to explain them
  • set up appropriate investigations which will explain observed patterns
  • train children to become skilled in handling equipment effectively and safely

 

Teachers follow the Cornerstones Maestro Science planning, Love to Investigate, related to their current topic.  Many of these projects are Science based e.g. Enchanted Woodland, Wriggle & Crawl, Stargazer and Predator.

At KS1 the emphasis is on practical and oral work and the development of scientific enquiry. At KS2 the emphasis is still on scientific enquiry but children will develop a range of skills. The plans are reviewed regularly to ensure the topic areas are part of a holistic cross-curricular approach wherever possible. They build upon children’s prior learning as well as develop their skills and knowledge so that children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.

In order to achieve this at Adderley we ensure all pupils are:

  • Working Scientifically (through Love to Investigate)
  • Asking questions
  • Recognising questions can be answered in different ways
  • Using a range of equipment
  • Identifying, classifying & grouping
  • Observing over time
  • Gathering data, pattern seeking
  • Comparative & fair testing
  • Research
  • Presenting outcomes
  • Involved in scientific learning and enquiry through purposeful outdoor learning.
  • This is through EYFS and outdoor play. Also it is through science trips e.g. Space Centre
  • Ensuring progression
  • Bridging gaps
  • Differentiation and appropriate challenge
  • Receiving quality first teaching and assessment
  • Use spoken language: Using relevant scientific language when discussing their ideas and communicating findings.
  • Learn about famous scientists.
  • Application: Apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of Science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
  • Using skills from other disciplines when presenting outcomes.

Cross–Curricular links

The Science units are linked to the Cornerstones curriculum map whenever possible ensuring a cross-curricular approach. Children are encouraged to use their English, Maths and Computing skills whenever possible to present their work.

 

Computing

Children will have opportunities to use a range of ICT resources to support them when:

  • Finding, selecting, and analysing information
  • Recording, presenting and interpreting data e.g. Bar Graphs
  • Reviewing, modifying and evaluating their work
  • Taking measurements e.g. measuring heart beat, time or capacity

English

  • Reading texts of a scientific nature
  • Discussing what they have learnt
  • Recounting their observations of scientific experiments
  • Present their finding in a variety of ways e.g. reports, newspapers, leaflets, instructions

Mathematics

  • Using weights and measures and applying number
  • Estimating and predicting in investigations
  • Recording, presenting and interpreting

Teachers make informal judgements as they observe children during each Science lesson. At the end of a unit of work, the teacher makes a judgement against each objective in line with our Assessment Policy.

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study detailed in the National Curriculum through Cornerstones ILP and Love to Investigate.