Science 

 At Grange Park, we take a very practical approach to science.  We believe that children learn best when they are 'hands on'. 

At the bottom of the page you can view our long term plan. This ensures coverage and progression in each year group.  Check back regularly to see the different things we have been up to. 

Intent

 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.

 

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 intend to provide all children, regardless of ethnic origin, class, gender or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.

 

Impact

 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. 
Implementation 

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 outline d in a long tem plan. This ensures progression through year groups and coverage of all of the requirements of the National Curriculum.  As we are a one form entry school we work on a one year rolling programme.

Children are taught using hands on activities and investigations. All lessons start with a learning question and children are then given resources, guidance and the opportunity to investigate the answer to the question.  We teach some scientific concepts through the use of  4 models. The se are; the big picture model, the energy transfer model,  the fore arrow model and the particle model. We believe that once children can explain and demonstrate these models they will be able to apply this knowledge to all aspects of science.

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 computing in investigating and recording.
  • Make links between science and other subjects.

 

Science is taught consistently, once a week for two hours. However, we also have science focussed weeks where children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of different investigations and activities.

 

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.  We assess on five areas of science; Explaining science, classification, designing experiments, data tables and graphs and making conclusions. Each topic focusses on two areas, although they often overlap into others.  After the lesson the teacher will assess every child as working towards, working at or working above the expected standard for the two areas. At the end of each half term teachers use these judgements to make an overall judgement of where the children are currently working at.

 

Long Term Plan

 Our long term plan ensures depth and coverage of both skills and knowledge across all year groups.