At Roe Green Infants and Roe Green Strathcona school we believe that science develops skills, attitudes and processes that children need to promote understanding of the world they live in. Science stimulates and excites pupil’s curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Science makes connections between children’s practical experience and ideas. We should encourage critical and creative thought.
To develop their knowledge and understanding, children should:
- Be curious about the things they observe and experience, and explore the world around them with all their senses.
- Use this experience to develop their understanding of key scientific ideas and make links between concepts and experiences.
- Try and make sense of concepts, seeking explanations and thinking critically.
To develop processes and skills, children should:
- Acquire and develop the practical skills needed to investigate questions in a scientific way and with the awareness of safety.
- Develop skills of predicting, asking questions, concluding and evaluating based on findings and understand how to apply these.
- Apply mathematical skills, develop language skills, presenting work in different ways and reading non-fiction texts or internet to extract information.
In the Early Years children should:
- Ask questions about why things happen.
- Investigate a wide variety of materials, natural and manmade, using all appropriate senses.
- Learn about themselves and living things.
- Look closely at similarities and differences, patterns and change.
- Talk about their observations and sometimes record them.
At Key Stage 1 and 2 children should:
- Observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and scientific concepts.
- Observe changes over time.
- Group and classify
- Notice similarities, differences and patterns.
- Work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and link scientific ideas
- Begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair.
- Use reference materials to broaden knowledge.
- Develop knowledge by sharing ideas, communicating through language, drawings, charts, tables and ICT.
We shall be succeeding when
- All children engage with and enjoy science activities with confidence and high self-esteem.
- Pupils have ideas and can ask questions
- Pupils can plan and make predictions
- Pupils are beginning to consider/understand fair testing.
- Pupils can choose what equipment to use.
- Pupils can make/use tables and graphs and present their results to others.
- End of Key Stage 1 assessments show all children have progressed to a National Curriculum (age related expectations) at or beyond the national average, appropriate for their age.
- Children’s work will be monitored within year groups
- Planning documents will be reviewed and feedback will be given
- Observed lessons
- Provision of science will be monitored by the science faculty
- Science scheme (Collins) will be reviewed by all staff every 3 years.