At Rockbeare CE Primary, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subject’s in primary schools, we aim to give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. We promote the importance of an investigative approach through regular ‘hands on’ experiences wherever possible. It is our intention that the science teaching at Rockbeare CE Primary School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them. Through the teaching of many topic areas, children will acquire specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. The scientific topic areas have been mapped out to ensure full science coverage in the mixed age classes through the school. We endeavour to provide a nurturing learning environment where every child can grow and flourish in their own unique way. The scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school.
In order to allow children to reach their full potential, we cover the objectives and scientific topic areas set out in the National Curriculum. We have combined the knowledge and scientific enquiry skills needed to solve science problems and make decisions and predictions based on what they have learned. Our lessons when appropriate will also, allow children to practise their maths and English skills. The content for each year group in accordance with the National Curriculum is taught across a two year rolling programme that covers all content and skills for working scientifically for the year groups. This ensures all children receive a breadth of science learning in each class. Teacher’s use our progressive skills document to ensure content is broad and balanced. To ensure children make the necessary progress and are challenged appropriately, teachers plan enjoyable, engaging and inspiring practical activities that mean the children are working hands-on. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them, and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged.
Through the consistent use of the progressive skills document, staff are able to assess children during lessons. Children will complete a form of an end of unit assessment or retrieval task to show their understanding of the concept. This could be an exploratory investigation, questions to answer, or diagrams to draw. Teachers can use this to recognise any potential gaps in the children’s learning and plan accordingly.