There is positive attitude to science learning within the classroom and teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Science is taught in planned and arranged in topic blocks by the class teacher and cross-curricular links are made as appropriate. Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to apply their knowledge, and find out answers for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and are given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom.
Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess pupils regularly to identify gaps in learning. We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they will become more proficient at using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results and increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts. Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class. Regular events occur in school, such as Science Week and STEM days. We make links with other local primary schools and compete in STEM competitions at the local high school.