Science is all around us! At Shoscombe Church School we believe that scientific investigation is one of the most powerful ways to learn; developing curiosity and perseverance as well as challenging what we know about the world. We aim to make science as practical as possible, linking it to real life contexts and giving a meaning to our learning.
In science, we are trying to develop the next generation of inquiring minds by giving them the skills to analyse and explore.
In Shoscombe’s science curriculum, the objectives for each year group fall under one of two broad headings. These are:
- Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding
- The Nature, Process and Methods of Science (working scientifically)
Those objectives pertaining to Scientific Knowledge and Conceptual Understanding are principally concerned with developing a body of scientific knowledge in children. They cover key facts and concepts in the wider areas of biology, physics and chemistry, but have been arranged into units – or Programmes of Study – such as Plants, Everyday Materials and Animals Including Humans. These Programmes of Study are taught sequentially during the child’s time in school, and are revisited in later years to consolidate and build knowledge.
Objectives under the heading The Nature, Process and Methods of Science (or working scientifically), focus on developing scientific enquiry skills. They encourage children to work and to behave like scientists, developing skills such as observation, planning, hypothesising and fair testing. These objectives are taught in context and in conjunction with all programmes of study.
Teachers at Shoscombe endeavour to match science topics with the class’ main topic; this affords greater opportunities for cross curricular links with work taking place in other curriculum areas such as maths, English, geography and ICT.
We celebrate Science Week by choosing a topic such as WATER and then plan engaging, practical activities and experiments whereby children can work like Scientists-doing such things as observing, testing and hypothesising. We invite specialist to come in to share information on Science in the real world.
We ensure that our topics teach children the Science National Curriculum Science Programmes of Study