At Stanhope we aim to deliver meaningful science lessons which excite and engage pupils. We encourage children to ask questions about the world around them and aim to provide them with hands-on opportunities to investigate questions for themselves. Through practical investigations, research, visits out and inviting people into our local environment, we aim to provide children with the required level of scientific knowledge in a way that they will remember.
We believe that as science is an integral part of our daily lives, children should have various opportunities within the school grounds to explore and learn outside the classroom. We are regularly designing wildlife areas with the Eco-Team and Gardening Club children. Then the children can see how their local environment changes throughout the year. In addition, we build visits into the curriculum so children are able to get out and about and learn in different settings.
The scheme of work, has carefully structured the content of the new primary curriculum in a way that is progressive and manageable. The ideas and activities are extended throughout the years and revisited to meet the needs, interests and ability of the class to ensure learning is relevant, engaging and purposeful.
Recording and communicating is an important part of science. Our children record results in a variety of ways from using data loggers to computing, taking photographs, reading thermometers or simply describing words or drawings, observations they have made. They are taught and given opportunities to present their findings in a variety of ways which is reflective of the purpose of the task.
These include tables, graphs, written reports, fact books, PPT presentations, posters and formal speeches. Children are taught and use the vocabulary right from the start and we make links to other areas of the curriculum to make learning as holistic as possible.
Pupils also apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science including collecting, presenting and analysing data. Opportunities for outdoor learning enable pupils to apply their science knowledge to the environment around them. Our curriculum drivers of growth mindset, community and environment shape every aspect of Science, are embedded in teaching and learning and develop the child as a whole.