Science

The school is well resourced for science work

At St Bernard’s our vision is to give children a science curriculum which:

  • Enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world in which we live.
  • Engage children in a broad range of experiences, building scientific language, knowledge and skills, whilst developing enquiring minds and reflective learners
  • Empower each child with a voice, to convey their talents, aspirations achievements, joys, and fears

Intent

In Science children are engaged in a broad range of experiences in order to build their knowledge and understanding. This encourages curiosity and questioning while building scientific language, knowledge and skills.  The scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry.

There is a strong emphasis placed upon working scientifically as It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence, whilst developing independence, risk taking and resilience.

A focus is placed upon the use of scientific language and the development of working scientifically. There is an expectation that children are required to articulate their understanding at each stage of their learning, as they are encouraged to apply their knowledge and skills a s they question, predict, trial and evaluate their findings.

Implementation

Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. As a school we have the National Curriculum, which we use as a starting point and develop and embellish and deepen further, by ensuring that the learning is: stimulating, challenging, creative, fun, varied, practical, supported, progressive, reflective, interactive and enjoyable.

Through building up a body of key foundation knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science is taught in units which provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. During each unit the  types of scientific enquiry are also include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources.

Science is delivered to ensure that the children have practical, interactive and enjoyable lessons. St Bernard’s has a yearly Science Evening where parents and children can enjoy learning science together. Regular trips and visits are also planned by each year group.

The Science curriculum is accessible to all children as every lesson is differentiated taking into account every child’s individual needs.

The curriculum should always be purposeful, relevant, and owned by the children. They should have a role in the planning, choice of level, choice of resources, feedback and agreeing of next steps. At St Bernard’s every unit is started by assessing what the children have previously learnt and what the children would like to learn. This guarantees that the children have a role in the planning of the lessons. Children are encouraged to engage in the feedback given by teachers and are included in the decisions about their next step ensuring that they have an impact on their own progression.

Knowledge, skills and concepts are progressive from Y1-Y6 so that the children’s understanding is extended, year upon year with built-in success for all.  The children’s progress is continually monitored and there work is regularly moderated using the science progression framework to ensure that progress is being made by all children.

 

Relevance

At St. Bernard’s we plan a variety of trips and visits to local museums and galleries to provoke enquiry and inspire learning.  These trips and visits range from a year 3 and 4 trip to Eureka to consolidate and extend their learning about the human digestive system, to a whole school mad science event designed to amaze and entertain children as they learn about sound.

Impact

The impact of the curriculum is evaluated by the subject leader and the teachers for each phase. The subject leader monitors the teaching and learning in science at least three times a year. This is done by looking at the children’s work, the planning and pupil voice.

During the monitoring the subject leader will check that the teachers as assessing the children’s progression using formative and summative assessments and updating the science tracking data. The teachers and subject leader will also moderate the children’s work internally using the science progression framework. The science lead will then moderate the science books with other primary schools each year.

The information gained form the moderation and monitoring of science will then be used to further improve our  curriculum at St. Bernard’s ensuring that it continues to evolve.

The school is well resourced for science work, and the use of school grounds is made when appropriate. Science is taught mainly as an individual subject but also through topic work if applicable.

Science is often taught in blocks to maximise the children’s learning and enjoyment of science in school. An annual Science Day is held, where children participate in a number of activities, including a science evening where parents and children are invited to return to school to explore science and investigate together.