Autumn 2019 we are embedding a new progressive skills programme of study across the school.
Science at Aveton Gifford Primary School
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
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
Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Aveton Gifford, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subject’s in primary schools, we aim to give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
We promote the importance of an investigative approach through regular ‘hands on’ experiences wherever possible. It is our intention that the science teaching at Aveton Gifford Primary School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them, through the teaching of many topic areas, whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. The scientific topic areas have been mapped out to ensure full coverage in the mixed age classes. The scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school.
In order to allow children to reach their full potential, we cover the objectives and scientific topic areas set out in the National Curriculum. We have combined the knowledge and scientific enquiry skills needed to solve science problems and make decisions and predictions based on what they have learned. Our lessons will also, when appropriate, allow children to practise their maths and English skills.
The content for each year group in accordance with the National Curriculum is taught across a two year rolling programme that covers all content and skills for working scientifically for the two year groups. This ensures all children receive a breadth of science learning in each class. Teacher’s use our progressive skills document to ensure content is broad and balanced.
To ensure children make the necessary progress and are challenged appropriately, teachers plan enjoyable, engaging and inspiring practical activities that mean the children are working hands-on. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including: observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them, and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged.
Through the consistent use of the progressive skills document, staff are able to assess children during lessons. Children will complete a half termly/end of unit assessment to show their understanding of the concept. This could be an exploratory investigation or questions to answer or diagrams to draw. Teachers can use this to recognise any potential gaps in the children’s learning and plan accordingly.