Science is taught through a learning challenge curriculum. Sometimes Science will be part of the main learning challenge questions, however, where it is not then Year Groups often produce a separate learning challenge grid for Science. See some examples below:
An overview of the skills, knowledge and understanding taught across school can be seen below.
Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way that they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national and global level.
Science at Usworth Colliery covers the following areas:
Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
Children are taught to describe processes and key characteristics and use technical vocabulary accurately. They build up an extended specialist vocabulary. They should also apply their Mathematical knowledge to their understanding of Science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
The nature, processes and methods of science
We teach the three types of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In each of these areas we focus on scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
Scientific investigations include: observing over time; finding pattern; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparing and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using books, internet, etc. Children are able seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
Science in the Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, science forms part of the learning pupils acquire under the ‘Understanding the World’ branch of the Early Years Curriculum.
Pupils are given the opportunity to explore their world through a variety of teacher-led and independent activities. Furthermore, pupils learn through first-hand experiences and are encouraged to explore the indoor and outdoor environment; observe things closely through a variety of means including magnifiers and photographs and ask questions and speculate on the reasons why things happen or how things work. Pupils are given the opportunities to record findings by drawing, writing and model making.
Additionally, pupils are supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Opportunities are planned so that pupils encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations, so they can use and extend their scientific vocabulary.
The Enthuse Science Grant
The school has been awarded the Enthuse Grant to help promote science. We decided to use the money awarded to develop E-Learning within the subject. As part of this, we have been working with advisers from North Tyneside LEA to develop E-Learning within the appropriate strands of our curriculum.