Science at St Matthew’s CE Primary
Science Curriculum Statement
Science at St Matthew’s provides the foundations for understanding the world by building a body of key scientific concepts through teaching. All learners are taught essential aspects of knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science across all year groups and they are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about our natural world whilst being taught the skills to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and how to analyse findings.
Through teaching and learning, we intend to ‘work scientifically’ with all pupils. This specifies the understanding of the nature processes and methods of science for each year group. It should focus on the key features of scientific enquiry, which includes observing, seeking patterns, identifying, classifying and grouping, and comparative and fair testing. Children are encouraged to be responsible and independent when carrying out experiments in order to expand their skills and to challenge themselves with higher order thinking questions.
Teacher’s will use termly assessments to measure the impact of our teaching and to address misconceptions in pupil’s learning in order to plan for future lessons. Throughout the year, teachers will make a judgement about the work of each pupil in relation to the skills that they have developed in line with the national curriculum.
What science looks like at St Matthew's
At St Matthew's CE, children from all year groups take part in weekly science lessons based on different topics which change each half term. As part of these lessons, children take part in working scientifically investigations and experiments as well as gaining subject knowledge through practical based activities which challenge pupil's understanding.
To support the teaching of science in school, staff use several resources to ensure high quality teaching and covering of science. Lancashire Grid Planning and Outstanding science are resources used to support the teaching of science.
Within year groups, great focus is placed upon the creation of science working walls to scaffold children's learning and to assist children of all abilities achieve the best they can. Great emphasis is placed upon subject knowledge and also ensuring that children develop a deep understanding of specific scientific vocabulary and definitions. To embed vocabulary knowledge, vocabulary is used and referred to on class working walls, vocabulary retrieval practice activities take place each week along side vocabulary activities within science lessons. Vocabulary is present on knowledge organisers which are referred to throughout each science lesson in order to support children's vocabulary and understanding in science.
We asked children what a scientist is and this is what the children said:
"Scientists try to find answers to questions about the world and the universe."
"Science is about finding out life- long questions."
When speaking to children, it is clear that they enjoy taking part in science lessons at St Matthew's and are passionate in their learning. They love working scientifically and taking part in frequent science experiments and take much enjoyment from these activities whilst developing their science knowledge and understanding.