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Science

 

"The process of scientific discovery is in effect, a continual flight from wonder"

Albert Einstein

 

 

Intent

 

Our high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.  All children at Gunness and Burringham will have the opportunity to become "Agents of Change" and will flourish with a clear understanding of the scientific opportunities and careers available to them in an advancing scientific world. They will be confident to hold  conversations around the developing scientific advances and  address the stereotypes within science. They will have the skills to enable them to, not only answer scientific questions but think of them and understand the importance of these skills for life outside of school. Children will develop wisdom and resilience and will be exposed to a wide inclusive science capital, developing a secure understanding of both the why and the how of science. 

 

Implementation

 

Provocations and exciting, open ended opportunities are available in foundation stage, offering the children in the early years opportunities to investigate, foster curiosity and develop a love for "finding out" Activities are carefully planned to ensure that children are well equipped to make progress against their end of year learning goals and lay the stepping stones to ensure that the transition from early years into key stage one is seamless and children are well equipped to continue their scientific journey.

 

Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, children will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of awe and wonder. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Children will be exposed to a vast expanse of scientific opportunities and have a rich science capital to ensure that they understand and relate to the scientific wonder and value that it holds in our everyday lives.

 

Science is a core subject and will be taught weekly; lessons will involve a variety of learning styles including theory and practical activities, all learning will have clear outcomes and will progressively build understanding and knowledge over time.

 

Children will have hands on experiences and real life learning wherever possible to ensure that learning is meaningful and memorable. All lessons will start with the "why" and it will be explained to children why they are learning what they are learning and also where that learning will take them in the future. 

 

Children will work through the different modules of science and will have a clear understanding of the working scientifically element of science - not just the "What we are learning" but also the "How are we going to find out" Lessons will be well sequenced and will build on knowledge offering challenge to all children. Children will develop higher level thinking skills and will become resilient learners.

 

Each lesson will link to "Big Ideas" and will show children how everything is made of something and will demonstrate how new concepts link together. 

 

Each term every class will have a "Spotlight on..." and will learn about the work of a key scientist linked to one of the science modules that they have been learning about. This is not only crucial to wider knowledge but also in addressing stereotypes of scientists and the work that they do. 

 

Children will work scientifically to ensure that they are given the opportunities to be researchers, data collectors, fair testers, classifiers and observers over time and will understand at the start of each lesson which scientific strand they will be enacting during the lesson. 

 

In addition to this, we have also recently developed links with out feeder secondary school. We are in the early stages of the secondary school teachers coming into our school and teaching a lesson to our children with the children then having the opportunities to go to the secondary school to have a science lesson taught to them there  - in an actual science lab! We have added the year 7 curriculum overviews to our long term plan and have a shared understanding of the use of equipment and vocabulary, this ensures that our children are the best prepared that they can be for the next stage of their learning.

 

 

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that:

 

"All pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics; develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them; are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future"

   

                                             

 

 

 

 

                                               

                                           

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

              

 

                     

 

Science and Engineering Fair

 

We were invited to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School to engage with their Science Fair. This was an incredibly opportunity for some of our children to experience the awe, wonder and possibilities of a career in science. We addressed stereotypes and were thrilled to see that an increasing amount of females were engaging in a career in engineering.

 

We met female engineers from Red Bull Racing and F1 McLaren Racing!

 

 

                                                                        

 

 

 

We were delighted to welcome the Royal Institute of Science into our school. They demonstrated  awe and wonder of science at its very best!

 

We watched shows in school and opened up our school to the community to share the wonder.

 

Staff also enjoyed "Learning Together" in a staff meeting to further develop subject knowledge - excellent opportunities offered to all involved. 

 

 

Impact

 

87% of children in the school say that they enjoy science.

 

The amount of children that can link careers to science has increased from 35% to 76%


End of year predictions show that at least 76% of children in each year group will meet the expected end of year standard. 

 

 

 

"I know now that it isn't just men with frizzy hair and white jackets" Poppy

 

"I didn't know that Mum (hairdresser) was a scientist but I guess when she mixes the colour she is making something new" Roman 

 

"I want to be a vet, they are the best scientists, they know so much about animal skeletons and internal parts of the body " Eden

 

  " I want to be a paleontologist when I grew up like Mary Anning or even better be like Marie Curie and discover a cure for cancer" Poppy

 

 

 

 

Learning Together to support the best teaching...

 

                                                             

                              Spotlight on...    

 

During our time when we discover Science and all things wonderful and interesting, we also focus on REAL SCIENTISTS and the impact that they have had on the scientific development of the world. Each class has a spotlight on a scientist and enjoy finding out about their life and why and how they did what they did to contribute to the scientific world.

 

                   

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