Science

Science Statement of Intent

To develop children's scientific knowledge and understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, for now and the future. To promote and encourage a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena in a practical and investigative way.

 

Science at Glenmere Community Primary School aims to give our pupils a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to: think scientifically, gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. We aim to promote and encourage a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena in a practical and investigative way.

At Glenmere, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. In line with the National Curriculum, a range of scientific topics are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.

We aim to encourage all children to become more independent scientists who begin to question and explore their own ideas, as well as question others, using appropriate scientific vocabulary and well-structured discussions alongside relevant scientific knowledge. Through our science curriculum, we aim to provide children with the skills needed to seek out the answers to scientific questions they have, helping them to make sense of the world in which we live.

Science implementation

Across each phase (Foundation stage, KS1, Y3/4 and Y5/6) children will be taught the whole range of knowledge objectives and are given the chance to develop the appropriate ‘working scientifically’ skills, as set out by The National Curriculum. Planning is enhanced by the use of whole-school skills and knowledge progression grids and knowledge organisers, so teachers are aware of the prior knowledge of year groups before planning units and individual lessons. This ensures that key concepts and prior learning is built on and developed rather than repeated; it also ensures that children of all abilities are challenged appropriately throughout the scientific concepts being taught. Children also have learning road maps which are used to remind themselves of prior learning and understand the progression within each unit of work.

Skills focused upon working scientifically are embedded into lessons to ensure that these are being developed throughout the child’s time at Glenmere. Lessons are planned so that children have the opportunity to refine these skills and become independent scientists. Some year groups use revision units to provide further opportunities for children to develop their investigative skills whilst recapping the knowledge specified in The National Curriculum. Science lessons are planned to be practical and teachers have access to a range of resources to support this.

Whole school planning (knowledge organisers) has resulted in a science vocabulary bank being produced and this is included within each knowledge organiser for every unit of science across the school. This is used during the planning process so that teachers are aware of the key scientific vocabulary that children need to know and understand in order to be successful in science. This vocabulary is revisited regularly throughout units of work and children are encouraged to use this language within lessons.

At Glenmere, we encourage our children to continue their science learning outside the classroom, and the school encourages parents to be involved with their children’s science learning: we host both a science and a STEM afternoon which parents are invited to take part in to witness some of the science learning which their children take part in. British Science Week is celebrated in school and a booklet of ideas for simple science activities, websites to support scientific learning and ideas for possible science related visits are shared with families. Where possible, the local area – especially Brocks Hill – is used to support our children’s learning. Children at Glenmere also get to experience trips and visits from experts who will enhance the learning experience.

Impact

The successful approach to the teaching of science at Glenmere Community Primary School results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them - once they complete their primary education. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning, and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our visits from experts and enrichment activities. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupils’ views and attitudes towards Science, to assess the children’s enjoyment of science, and to motivate learners.

Science Skills Progression Grid