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Science

Gipsy Hill

“Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.” Science National Curriculum, May 2015

Our vision is that, through the teaching of science, children will foster and develop their natural curiosity about the world around them. By nurturing their scientific knowledge, we encourage them to become responsible citizens, who can make informed choices, with the option to pursue scientific careers.


Aims:

  • For all pupils to take the time to observe the world around them.
  • For all pupils to be able to reflect on these observations, to ask analytical questions and use reasoning skills to make links across their learning, enhancing their existing knowledge and understanding.
  • For all pupils to develop their skills from making simple predictions to hypotheses based on their developing understanding of scientific models and theories.
  • For all pupils to independently investigate their ideas practically, methodically and systematically.
  • For all pupils to reflect on and evaluate their own scientific enquiry and that of others
  • For all pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences
  • To provide all pupils with opportunities to analyse, reason and reflect through the process of scientific debate.
  • To give the pupils the knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm to develop an awareness of the role and the importance of science in everyday life.

Pedagogy

Pupils are taught science twice a week by their class teacher who carefully plans engaging and challenging sessions in collaboration with their colleagues across the Federation. We use the “Rising Stars” scheme of work as a guide to support our planning.

We actively encourage children to carry out their own investigations, experiments and take part in scientific discovery. While it is important that the children accumulate a body of scientific knowledge and understanding, we believe that children develop best as young scientists through practical exploration. We take the time to explore the children’s existing understanding of the world with them and use this as a basis to build on.

To maximise learning, Science is taught separately and also through cross curricular links. The children are taken on school trips to supplement their science learning in class. In addition we have a dedicated Science Fun Day each year where the children have the opportunity to spend the whole day exploring one aspect of science through a variety of engaging activities.


Topics

Each year the children study five discreet science topics that cover all areas of the National Curriculum. The final topic is an opportunity for the children to consolidate the scientific skills they have used over the course of the year. All the topics allow the children to develop their “working scientifically” skills.


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