At St. Joseph’s we aim to deliver meaningful science lessons which excite and engage pupils. We encourage children to ask questions about the world around them and aim to provide them with hands-on opportunities to investigate and answer these questions for themselves. Through practical investigations, research, visits out and inviting people into our school, we aim to provide children with the required level of scientific knowledge in a way that they will remember.
We believe that as science is an integral part of our daily lives, children should have various opportunities within the school grounds to explore and learn outside the classroom. We are currently designing a wildlife area and a school trail so children can see how their local environment changes throughout the year. In addition, we build visits into the curriculum so children are able to get out and about and learn in different settings.
The scheme of work, has carefully structured the content of the new primary curriculum in a way that is progressive and manageable. Teachers then adapt the ideas and activities to the needs, interests and ability of their class to ensure learning is relevant, engaging and purposeful.
Recording and communicating is an important part of science. Our children record results in a variety of way; from using data logging equipment in computing, taking photographs, reading thermometers or simply describing in words or drawings, observations they have made. They are taught and given opportunities to present their findings in a variety of ways which is reflective of the purpose of the task. These include tables, graphs, written reports, fact books, PowerPoint presentations, posters and formal speeches. Children are taught and use the correct scientific vocabulary right from the start and we make links to other areas of the curriculum to make learning as holistic as possible.
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