Our chief aim is that all our pupils will develop a positive attitude to Science and learn to use it with confidence, understanding and pleasure.
These aims are intended for all pupils at Pear Tree Mead to enjoy and learn in a fun way.
We aim to:
ü Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through biology, chemistry and physics.
ü Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquires that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
ü Equip them with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
- Ensuring the children are making good progress and develop a secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage.
- Ensuring children can describe processes and key characteristics in both common language as well as using technical terminology accurately and precisely.
- Record and describe outcomes of experiments involving randomness, fairness, equally and unequally likely outcome using appropriate language and the 0-1 scale.
- Count set and combinations systematically using a range of diagrams.
- Generate theoretical possibility spaces for single and combined events.
- Describe and compare through data.
- Describe simple mathematical relationships between two variables in observational and experimental contexts.
- Identify appropriate questions, data, presentation, analysis and interpretation to conduct exploratory data.
Teaching Science in the Early Years Foundation Stage
In the Early Years Foundation Stage science and scientific exploration is taught through practical experiences and cross curricular activities. The children have the opportunity to explore the world around them freely and talk about what they can see happening. They will begin to question what is happening around them and listen to simple explanations.
Teaching science in Key Stage 1
The main aim in Key Stage 1 is for the children to be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice by using simple scientific language, talking about what they have found out and why. All children will also be asked to communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. All children should be able to read and spell scientific vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at KS1.
Teaching Science in Key Stage 2
Teaching Science in Lower Key Stage 2
The main aim in Lower Key Stage 2 is to broaden the children’s scientific view of the world around them through exploring, talking, testing and developing their ideas. They will be encouraged to ask their own questions about what they observe and how their questions can be answered using scientific enquiry. Using their knowledge for KS1 the children will be asked to carry out simple fair tests which they can draw simple conclusions from. All children should read and spell scientific vocabulary correctly and with confidence using their growing word reading and spelling knowledge.
Teaching Science in Upper Key Stage 2
The main aim in Upper Key Stage 2 is to deepen their understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas through exploring, talking about their ideas, asking and answering their own questions. The children will have the opportunity to encounter more abstract ideas and recognise how these help them to understand and predict how the world operates, including how scientific ideas have changed over time. To select the appropriate ways to answer questions using observations, changes over time, noticing patterns and classifying as well as carrying out fair test. This will link closely to the children being able to draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas and used their knowledge to explain their findings. All children should be able to read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary correctly.
At Pear Tree Mead our assessment for science is a continuous learning cycle of planning and teaching. Teachers monitor pupil progress in Science in several ways in each Key Stage:
In Key Stage 1 we assess the children by carrying out observations, asking relevant questions and looking at the children’s work they have produced.
In Key Stage 2 we assess the children by carrying out observations, asking relevant questions and looking at the children’s work they have produced. Also in Key Stage 2 the children will undergo end of unit assessments on the work with have been involved in.
As lessons are delivered to the class, each teacher will mark on their planning, using and plus and minus system. If a child has struggled with the tasks or showed little understanding, the teacher will mark their initials down next to a minus. If a child has excelled with the task and been given next steps, the teacher will note their initials next to a plus. This allows the teacher to make changes to the following lesson, whether this is with teaching methods or planned activities, thus supporting those with little understanding whilst challenging others.
Children in the early years will be assessed against the EYFS profile.
Year 2 and 6 will continue to use the levelling system and track this using Target Tracker. These will be updated and analysed each half term.
Year 1, 3, 4 and 5 will use the new statements and track this using Target Tracker. These will be updated and analysed each half term.
We will be arranging science workshops to be carried out across the school during the year. Watch this space………..
The children across the school will be participating in WOW science experiments. These will really engage the children; give them a love of science as well as showing them how much fun science can be!!!!