Our vision for Science at Gurnard Primary School is to ensure that all learners have a secure foundation in the knowledge and skills that they will need for the future; both at secondary school and in their lives beyond education. They will have also developed a passion for Science, with a curiosity and skill that gives them the confidence to ask questions, understand the rapidly changing world around them, and engage in current scientific news and debate.
How we teach Science
At Gurnard Primary School, our Science teaching is based around enquiry-led learning. Enquiry-led learning focuses on the development of cognitively challenging, practical, and interactive primary Science lessons. Teachers enable their pupils to think and talk about scientific concepts through dedicated discussion time; they provide pupils with a wide range of opportunities for creative investigations and problem solving; and they focus the pupils’ recording so that there is always time for practical Science.
Investigations are designed to create awe and wonder and to instil a curiosity for Science, whilst being engaging and informative. Real world links help to show how the skill being learned is also relevant e.g.
- Identify whether the strongest legs can jump the highest (healthy bodies).
- Find out whether expensive kitchen paper is worth the extra money (materials).
Children have lots of questions about the world around us and we aim to provide them with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer their questions about those processes. At present, our curriculum provides a rich variety of topics that cover all the core scientific disciplines and contexts that the children can relate to their everyday lives. At the start of each topic, the children are posed with a key question or context from which they generate their own scientific lines of enquiry. They will then explore this question using a variety of investigative skills, engaging and becoming more familiar with each of the elements of the scientific method as they progress through the school. At the end of the topic, children will be able to answer the question using a range of skills that they have developed. These include skills such as generating their own lines of enquiry, making predictions, analysing results, observing changes over time, collecting results in a variety of ways, drawing conclusions from their observations and evaluating their own method and the reliability of their results. Underpinning this is an emphasis on children actively participating in their own practical investigations and experiments, utilizing the classroom, wider school environment and the local environment and community.
Curriculum coverage and progression of skills in Science:
- Within each academic year, children will study a range of Science topics; Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with working scientifically taught through each of these.
- In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, children are taught Science as a discrete subject, covering a specific topic each term. The table below shows the Science topics that are currently delivered, working scientifically is taught throughout all units: