At Grange Park, we take a practical approach to science. We believe that children learn best when they are 'hands on'.
At Grange Park Primary school, we believe that a high quality science education provides children with the foundations for understanding the world around them. Science has changed the world we live in and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Our aim is create scientists of the future by teaching children essential aspects of knowledge, methods processes and uses of science.
Through building up a foundation of knowledge, concepts and a love of learning, children will be able to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working through investigation which enable them to make sense of the world around them through investigation, as well as using and applying knowledge and skills.
Using our Investigative Curriculum Cycle approach, the staff at Grange Park ensure that children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences with a focus on models and hands on learning. Children are allowed to explore concepts and the world around them to develop their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge of not only the topic they are studying, but of the world around them. We aim to inspire our pupils to become our next generation of scientists and to develop an understanding of the varied aspirations and careers within science available to our pupils when they become adults. We intend to provide all children, regardless of ethnic origin, class, gender or disability, with a broad, balanced, progressive and exciting science curriculum.
As well as ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Our curriculum is taught in discrete subjects, as outlined in a long term plan. This ensures progression through year groups and coverage of all of the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Children are taught using our Investigative Curriculum Cycle approach.
The Investigative Curriculum Cycle
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Develop the use of reading and computing in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
- Introduce and explore roles and aspirations in science based subjects.
Science is currently recorded in two different ways at Grange Park: science books (KS2) and science floor books (KS1). All pupils in KS1 and KS2 record key science vocabulary on science labcoats and vocabulary is also displayed within classrooms and corridors. Science is taught consistently throughout the terms. However, some topics are revisited throughout the year to allow for best exploration e.g. Year 1 revisit 'Seasons' at different points of the year. In addition, we also have science focus days where children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of different investigations and activities.
Science is not just taught in our classrooms. Our large halls are used for bigger practical experiments; our dance-drama room can be used for when pupils are exploring abstract scientific concepts and models through drama; also, we have an amazing outdoor science classroom in The Middle Garden. This outdoor science space also enables us to invite our families in to share, explore and nurture the love of science alongside their children. We have free standing science stations, a school pond brimming with fish and frogs, a large chicken enclosure (home to Rusty, Princess Kate and Tina Turner) and a series of vegetable and flower patch areas. Our 'Potting Shed' is home to a range of outdoor investigative equipment.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A love of science and a curiosity to find out more.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
Assessment takes place after every lesson and children are assessed on their understanding of the topic rather than what they are able to record. This is done through observations and questioning during the lesson, in addition to the variety of outcomes that support all learners. We assess directly against the objectives for each lesson on our Medium Term Plans. At the end of each half term teachers transfer these assessments to Year Group and Curriculum Leader grids to provide an overview of science across the school. Class teachers and Subject Leaders can use these judgements to make an overall judgement of where the children are currently working at, where pupils require further support or where pupils are able to be provided with further challenge.