Succeed – teach the essential skills of science and this to a high standard for all pupils.
Happy – to promote a culture where children enjoy learning about science.
Inspire – to provide a stimulating science curriculum that inspires life-long scientists.
Nurture – to facilitate independent learning and progress across the curriculum.
Educate – to prepare pupils for the next stage in their education.
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
The aim of science teaching at Bantock Primary School is to enable pupils to develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, fostering a sense of excitement and inquisitiveness of the world around us. Through scientific enquiry in all areas of the curriculum, pupils will develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science thus understanding the uses and implications of science in the world today and for the future.
The statutory requirements are laid out in the National Curriculum 2014.
Science teaching focuses on enabling children to think as scientists. Our aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. This can be carried out through whole class teaching and group work, while at other times engage the children in an enquiry based research activity. We encourage children in science lessons to ask, as well as answer scientific questions and give them opportunity to use data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures and photographs to enhance their learning.
We recognise that there are children of widely different scientific abilities in all classes and we ensure that we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the children. We achieve this in a variety of ways by:
· Setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
· Differentiated work and grouping children according to their abilities.
· Providing resources of different complexity depending on the ability of the child.
· Use classroom assistants to support children individually or in groups.
At Bantock we aim to:
· Children show and develop independence, think for themselves and raise questions about science knowledge and secure a clearer understanding of scientific enquiry.
· Highlight and overcome any misconceptions around science.
· Show confidence and competence in practical skills and investigations, taking initiative when planning and carrying out scientific experiments.
· Children frequently use their scientific knowledge and understanding effectively in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings formally.
· Show a high level of originality, imagination or innovation in their understanding and application of skills.
· Become familiar with, develop and use the correct vocabulary related to the topics covered.
· Develop an understanding of nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquires that help them to answer s questions about the world around them.
· To develop skills of predictions, resources needed, enquiry, analysis, using simple equipment, evaluating and presentation of science investigations.
· Establish cross curricular links with other subjects such as English, computing and mathematics.