Science

Science Curriculum Statement: 

A high-quality Science education provides 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. Children are taught to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

At St Oswald's every class enjoys a weekly Science lesson (roughly 2 hours). Practial, fun lessons enable the children to begin to understand the world they live in and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We ensure that the children have a valuable and exciting learning experience which we hope will inspire them to have a life long 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 move through the school.

In parallel the children are constantly developing their skills in scientific enquiry including: identifying and classifying, pattern seeking, research and comparative and fair testing. They are encouraged to question things and are given opportunities to investigate their own ideas. 

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.

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 quizzes reinforce learning too. 

The children complete end of unit tests and a termly assertive mentoring Science test is taken. This assessment data is used to inform further planning  and to ensure all pupils are on track to meet end of key stage expectations.

British Science Week: 8-17th March

This year, we will celebrate Science week from 11th to 15th March. This year's theme is "Journeys" so the children will be investigating tunnels, travels and finding out about the huge engineering challenge of constructing the Euro tunnel, which celebrates it's 25th anniversary this year. 

During science week the children will research famous scientisits to develop a greater understanding of the contribution they have made. There will be practical Science activities every afternoon, we will even be sending a simple science investigation home for homework! A poster competition will take place too: design a science poster around the theme of "Journeys" and the best five from school will be entered into a national competition. Visit www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your- activities/poster-competition for more details. 

A group of school scientists will also visit Litherland High for their annual Science Fair, where they will present the results of their own Science project. Let's make it a good one. We were the Winners last year !!!

 

 

 

 

 

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