At St Barnabas and St Paul’s, a pupil’s understanding and knowledge of Science is developed progressively by encouraging a lively and enquiring mind. The context in which Science is taught is carefully considered, enabling pupils to begin to acknowledge the relevance of the subject in the real world and make strong mathematical links. Indeed, this concept leads to the stimulation and motivation as well as the realisation of the importance of Science and Scientists in our lives at present and in the future.
The teaching of Science requires a variety of methods and strategies to be used in order to successfully deliver the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. These teaching strategies, adopted by teachers, include: observation over time; identifying and classifying; research; pattern seeking; use of ICT; fair testing; simulation/role play and the use of mathematical skills (measuring, recording and data handling). Where possible science lessons are taught outside in order to relate the lesson to the real world and to show the children science is everywhere we look. In KS1 the use of Discovery Dog has enabled children to make the natural progression onto the Post It system in KS2 by standardising the way in which fair tests are carried out.
Teachers adapt lessons to suit the needs of the pupils and at St Barnabas and St Paul’s we pride ourselves on delivering quality science lessons which cater for all abilities.
In Reception science is mainly taught through the ‘Understanding of the world’ unit from the Early Learning Goals.
The different unit topics for KS1 and KS2 include:
Animals, including humans
Living things and their habitats
Evolution and inheritance
Every year we celebrate National Science week by conducting fun investigations and experiments and taking part in the National Science Competition. This year it will run from 14th to 18th March. We also invite parents into school each term to watch a science lesson so that they can witness the outstanding teaching and learning which takes place every day. We pride ourselves on our great achievement in science and are going from strength to strength every year, with the help of outside agencies.