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Science

Intent

At St Peter’s Catholic Primary School our intent for Science is for our children:-

 

  • to enjoy science by ensuring that lessons are engaging and fun.
  • to ask questions about their world by building on their natural curiosity.
  • to develop their scientific knowledge and find answers through first-hand experience and practical investigations.
  • to ensure they are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to help take their learning further.
  • to have access to the language and vocabulary of science.
  • to develop their science capital.

 

Implementation

Science is taught throughout the school in weekly lessons and is delivered by class teachers.  The school follows the Kent Scheme of Work which covers 28 units of study linked to the National Curriculum and supports teachers with their lesson planning. Each of the units shows progression in the key scientific knowledge and concepts required from Year 1 to Year 6. Other sources may also be used to enhance the lessons in order to meet the needs of the children. The Kent Scheme of Work also contains the most appropriate scientific vocabulary to be used when studying a particular area of science, a list of the scientists who are working, or have worked, in that particular area of science and practical activities to support the learning.

 

EYFS

In Early Years, children engage in scientific activities through their study and acquirement of Understanding the World (UW). Reception pupils follow the Early Years Curriculum for UW and are assessed initially against Development Matters criteria, moving to the Early Years Profile towards the end of their Reception year.

  

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. During years 1 and 2, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:

 

  • Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • Observing closely, using simple equipment.
  • Performing simple tests.
  • Identifying and classifying.
  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

 

These will be taught through the following topics:

  • Plants.                                                                                                                     
  • Animals including humans.                                                                                                      
  • Everyday materials.                                                                                                                                   
  • Seasonal changes (ongoing topic throughout the year).                                                                        
  • Living things and their habitats.                                                                                                                
  • Uses of everyday materials.

 

Lower Key Stage 2

The principal focus of science teaching in years 3 & 4 is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They should do this through:
 

  • Setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.
  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
  • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.
  • Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
  • Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
  • Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings. 

 

These will be taught through the following topics:

  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Rocks
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Electricity
  • Sound
  • States of matter

 

Upper Key Stage 2

The principal focus of science teaching in upper Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They should do this through:
 

  • Planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.
  • Taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate.
  • Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.
  • Using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.
  • Reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations.
  • Identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments. 

 

These will be taught through the following topics:

  • Living things and their habitats                                                                                                           
  • Animals including humans                                                                                 
  • Properties and changes of materials                                                                                    
  • Earth and Space   
  • Forces                                                                                                    
  • Evolution and Inheritance                                                                                                         
  • Light                                                                                                                               
  • Electricity

 

Teachers need to also read and apply the non-statutory guidance within the National Curriculum, to broaden the skills of the children within their class. Children will be involved in a variety of structured activities and in more open ended investigative work including:

 

  • Activities to develop good observational skills.
  • Practical activities using measuring instruments which will develop their ability to read scales accurately.
  • Structured activities to develop understanding of a scientific concept and open ended investigations.

 

Progress is monitored by the SLT and Science Subject Leader through book looks to ensure consistency, progression, coverage and a balance between teacher led and practical activities and moderation amongst year groups.

 

Impact

 The children at St Peter's are confident scientists who can talk about the investigations that they have undertaken. We have Science Ambassadors across the KS2 classes and each year we take part in British Science Week. The school hosts an EYFS / KS1 and KS2 Science Fair, both of which generate huge excitement amongst the children and are very well attended. Parents are encouraged to support their children and we see a great deal of variety in the scientific investigations entered. We also host an annual Scientific Photography Exhibition and this too, generates a scientific buzz and entry levels are high.

 

 

Virtual Science Photo Competition 2019-20

Unfortunately this year, due to lockdown, we won't be able to physically host a photo competition, so I thought that we could hold a virtual one instead.  To enter, children need to take a scientific photo (only the science within the photo please - nothing else) and email it to: science@st-peters-sittingbourne.kent.sch.uk

 

Please include a short description of the science involved in the photo.

 

Deadline for entries will be Friday 15th May. Good luck!

 

Mr Tierney smiley yes

 

 

 

Calling all parents...can you help??

Are there any parents out there with a Scientific or Engineering background who would be willing to come into school and talk to the children about their jobs?

 

We would like to start 'Lunch with an Engineer' and 'Lunch with a Scientist' days - you would have lunch with a selected group of interested children who would ask you about your job, what it entails, why you chose it and why you enjoy it.

 

It would hopefully be enjoyable for both them and you and possibly open their eyes to future career paths.

 

If you are interested, please contact Mr Tierney or the school office (01795 423479) or alternatively send an email to:

science@st-peters-sittingbourne.kent.sch.uk

 

Thank you.

At St Peter's we're already looking forward to British Science week in March 2020...watch this space!! - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19!

Primary Science Quality Mark 2019-20

 

We are currently working towards achieving the Primary Science Quality Mark, a year-long CPD programme that helps schools to achieve a quality mark. It focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on science teaching and learning.

 

The Primary Science Quality Mark:

  • Enables science subject leaders to develop and articulate a clear intent and aspirational vision for science. The process of achieving a PSQM  raises the profile and quality of science across the whole school.
  • Supports subject leaders to effectively implement a curriculum for science that is informed by research evidence and best practice data. Working with an expert hub leader subject leaders evaluate current provision for science and put in place a development cycle that leads to sustained progress in science across the school.
  • Ensures strong and positive impact: Children make good progress, building and consolidating their knowledge and skills, developing positive attitudes about science and its value to their lives and globally. Teachers and children enjoy their science lessons.

 

The criteria for each Primary Science Quality Mark cover the following areas:

  • Science Leadership - vision and value, development goals, monitoring and professional development for subject leadership;
  • Science Teaching - CPD, teaching strategies, resources;
  • Science Learning - science enquiry, assessment, science capital;
  • Wider Opportunities –  linking science with other subjects and whole school initiatives, curriculum enrichment.

Science Curriculum Lead - Mr Tierney

EYFS & KS1 Science Fair 2018-19

Science Photo Exhibition 2018-19

And the winner of our Science Photo Exhibition 2018-19 was....Liam from Year 6. Well done Liam!

 

Liam's description of his photo...

 

In this picture you can see the trees and lights being reflected onto the still, calm pond. In the daytime the sky is blue so the water appears blue because of the sun. But this picture is at night time, so the sky is dark making the pond appear dark. The lights behind the trees play the part of the sun and reflect the image of the trees into the dark pond water. This makes it look like the trees are growing down in to the water as well as up into the dark sky.

Coming home soon....Science Selfie books!

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