Science Intent Statement
At St. Thomas of Canterbury, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. Our curriculum will recognise that as children grow up in an increasingly technologically and scientifically advanced world, they need to be scientifically literate to succeed. We understand the importance of maintaining the curiosity children have established in the EYFS; therefore we deliver a curriculum with scientific enquiry at its heart. Teachers plan engaging and exciting lessons based on a commercially published scheme, adapting each lesson to meet the needs of individual children. Our school intends to make learning in Science accessible to all. The Science curriculum will encourage all pupils to believe in themselves; develop a ‘can do’ attitude and contribute to a positive learning culture.
The programmes of study set out a sequence of knowledge and concepts on a year by year basis. It is vital that, while ensuring children make progress, they also have a secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to move onto the next stage (link to KO?). The goal of our teaching is to make sure children understand the ‘big ideas’ of Science through using a range of enquiry methods. These types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Our curriculum ensures that all pupils take part in practical Science and real world experiences, where ever possible. Only through ‘doing’ Science can children develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science and pose and answer scientific questions about the world around them. We recognise that although scientific knowledge is continually changing, the skills gained from studying science are life-long.
Cross curricular links are a key principal of our Science teaching. Children’s mathematical knowledge will link to their understanding of Science, including, collecting, presenting and analysing data. Connections between Science and literacy are made explicit. Pupils will be familiar with, and use technical terminology accurately and precisely. Opportunities to apply and further develop children’s reading skills will be deliberately planned into lessons where ever possible.
Ideas generated today will lead to solutions, practical applications, and new challenges tomorrow. Our ultimate goal is to ensure our children entering KS3 are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We endeavour to ensure that children leave our school as independent, inquisitive scientists.
Click on the link above to see all the photos and videos from our spectacular science day!
We all had an extraordinary time, working in groups from different years. The teachers were very impressed with how the children looked after each other and worked as a team, helping each other to build their items and solve any problems along the way.
We watched an unforgettable, impressive science show, followed by making our very own fan-powered cars and rockets! Watch the videos to see our competitions.
On Tuesday, 16th January, year 5 visited Jodrell Bank (a world- leading science research site). The children explored the Lovell telescope, learnt from the incredible scientists who work there and got to experience numerous practical activities. The children asked some interesting questions and received some jaw-dropping answers that blew our minds.
Above, you will find an array of pictures, including some experiments and investigations that were carried out throughout the day.
The Year 5's had an important task to solve a serious crime! They were given 3 suspects and had to work out who was guilty by assessing the forensics against their statements that were given to the police.
First, the children took fingerprints, which they then analysed against fingerprints left at the scene of the crime. They also brushed for hand prints and investigated footprints. The children enjoyed matching ink samples from a note, using scientific equipment .Finally, through testing the PH level, they took samples to match soil that was found on the scene.
To enhance our learning of Living Things and their Habitats, we visited Chester Zoo. We experienced different animal habitats, such as the bat cave and islands, and we also got to learn about different animal feeding routines.
For our workshop, we explored the Islands exhibit and used classification keys to investigate the five different vertebrate groups. We were challenged to find vertebrate and invertebrate species and presented our discoveries back to the group.
Science in Year 6
Whilst in Derbyshire, the Year 6's completed some Science work after learning about living things and their habitats in the classroom. The main focus for the children was: ‘How do fossils provide evidence that living things have changed over time?’ The teachers then extended their understanding in science from living things onto animal adaptation and inheritance/evolution.