Science Coordinator: Miss Meehan
Science is mapped effectively across the school to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science. At St Clare’s we aim to give children a science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We achieve this through exciting, hands-on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.
Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences will help children to secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, lifelong learners who will explore the world around them.
Teachers create a positive attitude to the teaching and learning of science within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. A ‘can do’ environment enables risk taking and an understanding that it’s okay to make mistakes, which facilitates freer and more creative experimentation and sharing of ideas. A range of teaching strategies are employed to promote learning, matching up to a range of learning styles. Through our planning, we provide problem solving opportunities that allow children to explore for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to sue their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise and strategic questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children maintain progress.
We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
Science Week 2022
Year 5 and 6 visited the Chemistry lab at Trinity Catholic College.
2021-22 Long Term Plan: Science LTP Overview.docx
Example of Knowledge Organiser: Year 1 Seasonal Changes
Science Assessment Grids: Year 6 Assessment Grid