Science at St Anne’s School
“With Christ in our hearts we live life to the full.”
Through our Science curriculum at St. Anne’s School, we want all children to be aware of and have a good understanding of the world around them and the importance of Science and its uses in their everyday lives. We aim to nurture the naturally enquiring minds and curiosity that children have and foster their scientific potential.
The Science curriculum will ensure that lessons in each year group will deliver the key knowledge, concepts and skills, whilst enabling children to become enquiry based learners. Pupils will be encouraged to use scientific thinking and vocabulary to make predictions and explain what is taking place and then analyse their results to gain an understanding of the scientific processes that occur all around them. In all these lessons, as in other subjects, working independently, creatively and as a team will be important as they are a necessity for any scientist of the present or future.
Ultimately, we intend that the skills, knowledge and scientific thinking that they learn through our Science curriculum will help our children to develop healthy habits, a love and awe of the natural world that God created and a sense of appreciation of the gifts that the Earth provides. This will help them to be considerate consumers and guardians who respect and look after the planet, for themselves and the next generation.
At St Anne's we strive to implement a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum, where teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.
Our Science curriculum also provides a clear and comprehensive scheme of work that will show progression of skills across all key stages and aspects of Science.
Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply this to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of their skills.
Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and develop their understanding of working scientifically.
Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons and practical investigative opportunities are planned for within Science lessons. Teachers plan to develop pupil’s understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including; observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information.
Children will reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible.
All children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.
Attainment will be assessed and recorded against the school’s set criteria.
Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions.
Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge.
The successful approach to the teaching of science at St Anne’s Catholioc Primary School will result in a fun, engaging, high quality science education. This provides the children with the foundations for understanding the world which they can take with them once they complete their primary education.
Children at St Anne’s will:
- demonstrate a love of science work and an interest in further study and work in this field.
- retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science within a real life context.
- be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
- be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and be able to reason scientifically using rich language linked to science.
- work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
- achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.