Science

 

Science Curriculum Statement

At St Oswald’s we want all our children to develop a love of science and a deep understanding of the concepts they learn. We want them to have no limits to their ambitions and aspire to be the astronauts, doctors, dentists, researchers and scientists of the future.

Our Science lessons provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed all our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity so all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They are also taught to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

Intent

The science curriculum at St Oswald’s not only meets the National Curriculum requirements, it promotes curiosity and encourages the children to raise questions and investigate their own ideas. It develops thinking skills, problem solving and empowers the children to become independent, resilient learners.  Our curriculum seizes opportunities for discussion and explanation which deepen scientific understanding and reinforce vocabulary and language development. Reading and mathematical skills are enhanced throughout the Science curriculum.

 The aims of the national curriculum are to:

develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

ensure the children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

Implementation

Every class enjoys a weekly Science lesson (roughly 2 hours). Practical, memorable lessons enable the children to understand the world they live in and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Lessons ensure the children have valuable and exciting learning experiences which inspire them to have a lifelong interest in the scientific world. The learning we deliver is varied and interesting, but still cumulative in nature so that the children's understanding develops as they progress through the school embedding key learning and knowledge.  In parallel the children are constantly developing their skills in scientific enquiry including: identifying and classifying, pattern seeking, research and comparative and fair testing.

Ongoing assessment, revisiting concepts and reinforcing knowledge ensures progression and enables all children to reach their full potential as scientists.

 

Impact

The curriculum at St Oswald’s will ensure children not only acquire appropriate age related scientific knowledge but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points.  In shaping our curriculum this way, progress can be measured and evidenced for all children, regardless of their starting points or specific needs.

At St Oswald’s, we strive for every child to achieve their full potential in Science. We aim for them all to develop a love of science, a respect for the world around them and an understanding of the importance and potential for science in the future.

 

Assessment

The assessment of science is ongoing. Teachers will ascertain the children's understanding during and at the end of each lesson, misconceptions will then be tackled and rectified, ensuring that no child is left behind. Regular mini quizzes that are delivered at the beginning of each lesson identify those children who are struggling or may need further reinforcement and support to ensure key concepts are developed. 

The children also complete end of unit tests and a termly assertive mentoring Science test is taken. This assessment data is used to inform further planning to ensure important concepts are understood by all and to ensure all pupils are on track to meet end of key stage expectations. End of term assessment data is shared with the curriculum leader to be analysed and progress is tracked for individual children.

 

Curriculum development opportunities

During normal circumstances, a variety of curriculum opportunites are offered to reinforce the key learning and concepts of our children. These include schools trips, visits and visitors to school such as an annual visit from the Bird of Prey man which the whole school enjoys. Visits to local museums, zoos and nature reserves also support the children’s scientific learning. Each year we dedicate extra currioculum time to British Science Week.

British Science Week: 5-14th March 2021

This year’s theme is “Innovating for the future” an extremely apt topic for the current ever changing circumstances we find outrselves in. During Science week, the children will participlate in exciting activities linked to this theme that help to consolidate and develop the key concepts and skills appropriate for their year group.

Science week took place during our first week back at school (8.3.21). It was a great way to welcome the children back to school and they all very much enjoyed some hands on practical investigations. 

Please see below for the photographs. 

We also participate in a STEM Science fair at Litherland High School competing with other local schools to develop, deliver and present Science investigations; winning trophies for innovation and the best presentation on two consecutive years.

 

Intervention and support

Weekly quizzes and ongoing assessment inform staff of children who may need further support or intervention. Support is offered in class in the form of small groups or on an individual basis and work is differentiated appropriately to meet individual needs. Homework activities will be set to consolidate or reinforce key knowledge and learning to ensure that no child is left behind.

Knowledge organisers clearly set out essential knowledge for each topic and are shared with families so that homke learning can close gaps in understanding.

 

Useful links

 

The UK space agency has produced a collection of space educational resources for home learning : https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/space-related-educational-resources-for-home-schooling

 

The Red cross have launched  homelearning activites based on First Aid. Have a go and become a First Aid champion. www.firstaidchampions.redcross.org.uk 

 

The following website teaches children about keeping themselves safe from the virus and has some useful home learning activities: 

  https://ebug.eu/eng_home.aspx?cc=eng&ss=1&t=Information%20about%20the%20Coronavirus

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

Stargazing at Cbeebies has some fabulous activities and videos to watch for younger children.

www.stem.org.uk Ask an adult to sign you up to have access to lots of Science home learning opportunities.

www.pstt.org.uk have some fabulous investigations for you to try at home.

www.wowscience.co.uk has some really fun activities and science games.

www.learning-resources.sciencemuseum.co.uk

www.kahoot.com has quizzes and home learning opportunities. 

There are lots of fabulous Science activities on PurpleMash too so use your login and have a go. 

Science Vocabulary Glossary Year 4: https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-science-glossary-for-parents  

 

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