Science

Learning & Support

INTENT: At All Saints we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. The staff at All Saints ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which includes allowing children to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills.
 
IMPLEMENTATION: In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Science is taught in half termly blocks, that allow all of the National Curriculum programmes of study for each Year Group to be covered through 2-year rolling cycles.   For example, the objectives for LKS2 are combined and shared out over a 2 year programme (such as Rocks, Teeth, Light etc…), as are the objectives for UKS2.  The objectives for Y1 and Y2 are kept separate and taught annually, although they are linked to different topics each year (eg: The KS1 Animals unit will be investigated through the theme of Under the Sea one year, Polar Regions/Farming the next year, and Minibeasts/Africa the following year).
We have ensured that the Working Scientifically objectives are incorporated into the termly unit plans for Science through the use of Focussed Assessment Tasks.     As much as possible, Science is explored by making close links to our local environment, visits from members of our local community and inspirational trips to locations further afield.
 
IMPACT:  The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at All Saints are equipped with skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to be confident about asking questions about the world around them and equip them with strategies to , Be providing inspirational and memorable learning experiences in Science, we aim to encourage our children to apply the scientific method to real life situations in the future.
 

SMSC

(to be developed in all lessons)

Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Sharing moments of awe and wonder at the natural world and scientific processes.    Exploring and respecting different faiths and recognising that some people may have different views on evolution, space and other areas of the science curriculum. 

Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views. 

Making links to global warming, habitat loss for living things around the world and recognising the impact people can have on the natural world. 

Social: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance. 

Exploring scientific opportunities in our local area, making links to farming, the countryside and the way in which we can support our communities through innovation and understanding. 

Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity

Science Club - Paper Flowers
Looking closely at the fibres in different types of paper.
Watching as the water expands the fibres and forces the paper petals open.
Testing different types of paper and comparing results.
Science Club - Egg Drop
STEAM Challenge - protect your egg from a fall from the top of the climbing frame!
Science Club - Fantastic Feathers
How do waterbirds stay dry?   How do feathers stay 'zipped' togeter?