At Usworth Colliery Primary School, 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 example Science Learning Challenges and Science Learning Challenge Homework here.
An overview of the skills, knowledge and understanding taught across school can be seen in the curriculum coverage document 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.The subject also 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.
Here at Usworth Colliery we promote these basic components of Science ensuring children have the opportunity to ask questions, follow their interests and are taught to work scientifically using technical vocabulary in a range of experiments and research based on the following curriculum areas:
- Animals including Humans
- Living Things and Their Habitats
- Materials and States of Matter
- Forces and Magnets
- Rocks and Soil
- Evolution and Inheritance
- Earth and Space
- Seasonal Change
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.
For further information on how we teach, plan and assess science in school please read our Science Policy
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 was awarded the Enthuse Grant in 2017 which helped to promote science in school. 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 and now use Seesaw to evidence our practical experiments and working scientifically objectives. See some of our Seesaw Class blogs for examples of children’s’ work.
Science Events in School
This year, in September, we have had a very successful family Science and English morning where we showcased how we integrate Science with English in a meaningful cross-curricular way. Thank you to all of you that attended this event and I look forward to many more in the future.
In June of this year, we have out annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Week, please return to the website to see all of the exciting things that your children will be doing. Until then please look at our STEM 2017 page to see what we go up to last year.
Science in the Local Area
In the North East we have many excellent places to visit which can enrich your child’s science learning experiences. Many of these places children will visit on educational visits in school, but they all make fun trips at weekends or in school holidays. Tweet us at @UCPrimary if you visit any of these places we would love to see your Science learning outside of the classroom.
- Washington Wilfowl and Wetlands Trust, Washington
- National Glass Centre, Sunderland
- Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland
- Life Centre, Newcastle
- Great North Museum:Hancock, Newcastle
- Discovery Museum, Newcastle
- Jesmond Dene, Newcastle
- Beamish, Durham
- Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, Durham
- Botanic Garden, Durham
LOVE SCIENCE, DO SOME FUN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS AT HOME!
Each week on twitter and in the newsletter I will be posting an experiment to try at home using household things, it would be great to see you all take part! I will also have a scientific word of the week to introduce and develop technical science vocabulary.
If you want to find out more about the scientific words your child should know in primary school please look at our SCIENCE-GLOSSARY-
Useful Science Websites
There are many great educational science websites for you and your child to explore further at home, playing games, doing experiments or to use as homework help: