Science in Our School
The Science Principles are the basis for Science. They should be on display in class and website
1. We are engaged and interested in our learning.
2. We are leading our own investigations.
3. We work scientifically.
4. We are challenged in Science.
5. We have fun in Science!
Broadening horizons – we invite as many outreach/visitor opportunities into school as possible. We need children to see that there is a point to Science. We are problem solvers and we are hoping to create STEM ambassadors for the future
Children in our school see the point of Science and the reason that we do it as lessons are based around real life problems and working scientifically skills embedded in every lesson.
We want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them. We want our children to have a broad vocabulary. Scientific language is to be taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages. We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability with a broad and balanced science curriculum.
Each unit should start off with a display in the classroom featuring key words that should be added to like a Maths or English working wall
Each Science unit should also start off with a KWL grid or similar assessment to gage prior understanding of topic. This makes it simple to help children with less/lower prior knowledge of subject and challenge ‘experts’.
Units should also be started off with some kind of WOW launch which could be something like an Explorify video or a visitor – ask an expert – or a visit to a place related to the topic. It should also be introduced alongside a famous artist who was or is famous within the field of study that the children will be looking at within their topic. The aim is to relate the current topic to its real life context.
Lessons should have an LO linked to the key learning found in the Lancashire planning docs and these documents together with the Inspiring Science documents should be used to aid planning. Each lesson should also have a WS link which should be discussed with students at the beginning of the lesson for example, ‘We are working like Scientists today because…’ Learning should be taught through scientific skills.
They should also start off with a real life context so pupils can understand the reasoning behind what we do. For example, ‘My friend said that fruit juice is good for your teeth because it has fruit in it, are they correct? Such contexts invite investigation and debate.
Lessons should be as hands on and equipment based as possible. When conducting investigations children should be given the opportunity to ask and investigate their won questions. Children should be predicting, recording results in tables and creating conclusions from results.
Children should be assessed against the LO’s and WS skills ladder throughout the half term and assessment should be done at the end of a unit which will show the teacher who needs a little more support to reach expected standard. An assessment sheet should be filled in stating where each child is working with work attached as evidence.
Homework should be Science based at points throughout a half term and projects should be set to encourage Science talk at home.
Farmvention (when farming meets invention) is a national STEM competition run by NFU Education and aimed at primary school children.
There are three exciting problem based challenges that can be entered by individual children or in teams. Designed to make children think about the day to day issues faced by farmers and growers in England and Wales, each challenge is supported by curriculum linked resources created in partnership with the Association for Science Education (ASE).
There are a host of amazing prizes for the winning schools. Winners will present their ideas at a prestigious event at the Houses of Parliament, as well as winning fully-funded farm visits and much more! All entrants will become certified ‘farmventors’ and receive a reward pack including a certificate and mini prize. Entries close on 23 December 2019.
All details are on the Farmvebtion website if your child wishes to enter this competition.
Our children here at Britannia are incredibly enthusiastic about Science! During a recent pupil interview session Miss Rothwell found that the children had very few complaints about their Science lessons and that they just loved them.
Here are some examples of our lovely displays