At Adswood Primary School we aim to give children a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve we teach through exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore the world around them.
Each year group has subject specific vocabulary linked to the scientific concepts being taught, these are taken directly from the National Curriculum and are displayed in the science stations in each classroom. Vocabulary is reinforced through both teacher questioning and the questions that the children pose themselves and each other and is enhanced through fun, interactive games and experiences.
All classrooms in school have a science station where children have the opportunity to extend and develop their scientific skills and understanding through questioning, interactive activities, challenges or games. These may accessed independently of adult support and allows the children to work collaboratively and enhance their scientific thinking.
In E.Y.F.S, Science is taught mainly through structured play activities using understanding the world early learning goals.
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
This is achieved through a stimulating and exciting environment which is designed to inspire the children’s natural curiosity. Targeted and child led teaching, using questioning and discussion to further develop the children’s understanding and introduce key concepts and vocabulary.
In KS1 the principal focus of science teaching is to enable children to experience and observe phenomena, encouraging them to look more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. Through the questions posed by the Learning Challenge Curriculum the children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice.
Children develop their understanding of scientific ideas using different types of scientific enquiry and begin to use scientific language to talk about what they have found out. KS1 science is taught through first hand and practical experiences, developing key skill and deepening their understanding of their world.
By the End of KS2 children will encounter more abstract ideas, recognising that scientific ideas change and develop over time. They answer science questions using different types of scientific enquiry including observing changes over different periods of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out comparative and fair tests and finding things out by using a wide variety of secondary sources.
Through Years 3-6 children develop and broaden their scientific view of the world around them building on the knowledge and skills from previous years. This is achieved using questions posed in the Learning Challenge Curriculum and gives the children the opportunity to experience a wide breadth of scientific experiences.
In Year 5 and 6 children have the opportunity to visit ‘real’ science labs in both Cheadle High School and Stockport Academy. The children really enjoy these experiences and gives them a valuable insight into what it will be like in secondary school.
All children in school are involved in Science Week, where our focus is working scientifically, it gives children the opportunity to really focus in on the different ways of working scientifically while engaged in lots of fun, challenging and exciting activities.