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.
As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. The children are exposed to a wide variety of topics which fall under the three main disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. The biological thread of plants, animals and humans runs across all year groups; building and developing children’s understanding as they move through the school. This begins with identification of animals and their habitats, and progresses to food chains , life cycles and environmental impacts upon the natural world. Children are also taught in detail about the human body, its processes and how it functions. The chemistry and physics units cover a broad spectrum of topics including space, forces, state of matter, light and electricity among others. As with our whole school curriculum, we will make meaningful links where appropriate. For science these links may be with the study of our local area, geography, design technology or PSHE.
Within the disciplines of science we have identified the ‘big ideas’ (or threshold concepts) that help children to link old learning to new learning. These big ideas are:
- BIOLOGY: Plants, Animals and Humans, Living Things, Evolution and Inheritance
- CHEMISTRY: Materials
- PHYSICS: Movement, Forces and Magnets, Light and Seeing, Sound and Hearing, Electricity, Earth in Space
Our science lessons aim to be practical and interactive, teaching knowledge through using and applying the skills of scientific enquiry, enabling children to ask and answer scientific questions with confidence and accuracy. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. We have identified the ‘big ideas’ of scientific enquiry as:
- Asking Questions
- Comparative and fair testing
- Observing over time
- Pattern seeking
- Identifying, classifying and grouping
- Research using secondary sources
Progression in science
To ensure children ‘catch up’ following the disruption of the Coronavirus pandemic our 2-year cycle has been revised to revisit any missed content. Units will start with recap and revision to ensure that children are secure in essential prior knowledge before moving on.
What will your child learn in science?
Shoscombe Progression Document for science (link coming soon)
Wider science opportunities
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.