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"The most important thing is never stop questioning."
At Rimrose Hope CE Primary school, we believe that high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught the essential aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
The skills of a great science student
Science lessons in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 are predominantly first-hand, practical experiences that promote curiosity, thinking and questioning and provide opportunities for children to discuss, draw and write simple evaluations about their discoveries. Our youngest children are taught and encourage to use the correct scientific terminology during lessons in order to develop their vocabulary in an engaging and meaningful way. When it comes to finding our about the world around them, young children are naturally inquisitive - we strive to develop this through engaging, hands-on, practical experiences. Stimulating displays, images, videos and visitors are also part of our science curriculum offer. We also ensure that high quality texts are used to enhance the teaching of science. As children progress through key stage 1, they are also taught to locate key information in non-fiction texts.
As our children progress to Key Stage 2, the learning journey continues and the lines of enquiry, knowledge and skills deepen. Pupils evidence their observations, experiences, investigations and further develop their ability to discuss, argue, feedback and collaborate with their peers. Although practical activities continue to play a dominant role, older pupils are able to present and provide evidence of their learning and scientific thinking in a variety and increasing number of ways - selecting the one most appropriate to the task in hand.
Science at Rimrose Hope CE Primary School is planned and taught to be engaging, challenging and accessible to all children. After each unit, children will have developed their scientific knowledge and enquiry skills. Each lesson begins with ‘Bright Ideas time’ allowing children to discuss, question and wonder about Science.
Science lessons follow a progressive sequence, using a wide range of pedagogy techniques.
Some of these are:
Top hat comparisons
Read for Meaning
DeBono hats enquiry
We know good science teaching and learning happens when:
Children are encouraged to develop their scientific skills through the five types of scientific enquiry which include:
Working scientifically helps our children practise and develop the skills needed to become a good scientist. We encourage the children to explore, question and problem solve in order to develop curiosity and carry out independent investigations to gain a deeper understanding of their world.
The teaching of vocabulary during science lessons is an essential component of our pupil’s education and fundamental in developing comprehension, expression, and critical thinking. It is important for students to develop a strong geography vocabulary so they may verbally communicate about their own or others' geography work.
Based upon the work of Mary Myatt, we strongly believe that children who have a rich vocabulary are better able to understand what they read, communicate their ideas clearly, and analyse and evaluate information effectively. Additionally, a broad vocabulary helps children to develop their creativity and imagination, as well as their ability to make connections and draw conclusions.
Vocabulary is a key component of our science curriculum. It is built into our curriculum, which progresses as children move through the school, building upon prior knowledge and learning. Children are given hands on practical experiences, allowing them to apply knowledge they have learnt and discover new opportunities for learning.
We use a number of practical strategies to help children to develop their vocabulary
Our Key Stage One children build upon their knowledge and understanding from their time in Early Years. They are taught to observe closely and use simple equipment and measurement. They are guided to use their observations to answer their own wonderings. They are beginning to use scientific vocabulary. They are also working on identifying and classifying using their scientific knowledge. They are also starting to notice patterns and relationships making links in their learning.
Our Key Stage Two children continue to build upon their prior learning. Our Lower Juniors begin to carry out simple and fair tests. They are making predictions, drawing conclusions and suggesting improvements. They make accurate measurements using a range of equipment. They are also beginning to record their work in a variety of ways and draw conclusions.
Our Upper Juniors plan different types of enquiry and are able to recognise different variables. They are now able to be more precise and accurate with their measurements. They can draw conclusions with greater detail and suggest further points of enquiry. They record their work in a variety of different ways. They are able to share and discuss their own ideas and the ideas of other scientists. They continue to learn and develop their scientific vocabulary.