Science at Whiteley Primary School
Why we teach Science in our school
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up an understanding of the key scientific ideas and concepts, pupils are taught to use rational explanation and encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Children work scientifically to explain their observations, to make predictions and analyse causes.
Aims of Science teaching in our school.
At Whiteley we aim, through teaching the National Curriculum, to teach the children scientific skills and knowledge, to think creatively and independently, to foster an enthusiasm for science and to encourage open mindedness and sensitivity to the world around them.
Planning and Delivery
Teaching of science at Whiteley is based on Hampshire’s Key Ideas for science which ensures coverage of the new national curriculum programmes of study (2013).
Each year group has specific key ideas to cover, often within a cross-curricular topic approach or sometimes a ‘sharp focus’.
Progression in the teaching of scientific skills develops throughout key stages one and two and is based on the ‘Working Scientifically’ requirements in the new national curriculum (2013).
The Foundation Stage Curriculum is used for planning at the Reception stage. This leads progressively into the K.S. 1 curriculum.
We aim to deliver the Science curriculum through first-hand experience.
Children are involved in exploring scientific equipment, directing their own enquiries, thinking creatively about scientific ideas, gaining scientific knowledge (key ideas), observing accurately, co-operating with others, sorting, comparing, grouping and classifying, drawing conclusions by analysing evidence and deciding on its reliability, applying skills from other subjects and relating their work to everyday experience. Throughout the school children become more independent in the application of these skills.
Pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the key ideas: