Achieving Science Awards
|When Ofsted visited us in 2010, our school improvement target was ‘To raise the profile of science in school, bringing it in line with maths and English.’ This is something we have been working hard on and have made great progress with: we gained the Primary Science Quality Mark in 2011, and we are pleased to have re won it again this year!|
All Saints' Science Programme
At All Saints’ we provide a balanced programme of science education for all year groups, all year round and our pupils achieve high standards
Our teaching of science develops pupils’ natural interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a respect for the environment. Our science provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Through our science curriculum, pupils build up a body of key knowledge and concepts, and are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and further develop their sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
Children acquire and develop these qualities through the teaching of focused half termly science topics.
Enrichment events such as our annual Science Week not only provide a “WOW!” factor to extend and challenge, but also provide an invaluable opportunity to involve STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) visitors to share their expertise throughout the school.
Our science teaching encourages our pupils to develop ways of finding out for themselves and gives them practice in problem solving. As their knowledge and understanding increases and they become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment and collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
Children are taught to recognise and use the 5 areas of scientific enquiry:
Our teaching of science also promotes and supports the development of pupils’ communication and mathematical skills. For example, they build up an extended specialist vocabulary in science and apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of the subject, including collecting, presenting and analysing scientific data.
How Science is Taught by Year Group
Science is a valued subject in our school and one that all children enjoy. Science is taught weekly by class teachers and where possible, has a very ‘hands on’ style of learning. Through our whole school topic cycle, science content is taught in cross curricular ways, making links with other areas such as English, maths and ICT. Examples of some of our exciting Science topics by year group are:
Key Stage One
Key Stage Two
Developing a Passion for Science in Children
In addition to science lessons in class we arrange educational trips and visits to support learning and stimulate the children’s passions for science. We hold an annual ‘science week’ where the whole school is focused on all things science, a very popular week with the children!
Members of staff run ‘Mad Labs’ our after school science club.
The science leader monitors science learning closely across the school and leads termly staff inset day to inform teachers of any new science initiatives and to support them in planning and delivering an up to date science curriculum that challenges and excites our children. Children’s attainment and progress is also monitored termly, in line with both maths and English.