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Science at Gade Valley Primary School

Science Subject Leader: Mrs Speer

Intent

At Gade Valley Primary School we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of early physics (e.g. forces) chemistry (e.g. reversible and irreversible change) and biology (e.g. growing plants).  We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.

Gade Valley strive to:

  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
  • Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
  • Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
  • Encourage the use of our CHAMP skills when developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • Develop the use of scientific language when recording.
  • Make links between science and other subjects through cross curricular work.

 

Implementation

At Gade Valley Primary School we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Science is consistently taught as discrete lessons for up to 2 hours per week. Planning for science ensures that the school gives full coverage of ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’.  In Early Years, busy-fingers and child-initiated learning sessions cover many aspects relating to ‘understanding the world’ in the early learning goals (and exceeding statements).  Throughout science lessons, Teachers include the Gade Valley Principles of Teaching and Learning, which are a set of non-negotiables for each lessons e.g. children are encouraged to develop their core skills of writing and maths, pupils will be challenged and display good learning behaviours.  Pupils will have opportunities to explore their outdoor environment and locality to help develop their scientific skills such as questioning, predicting, hypothesising and making conclusions

 

Impact

The intended impact of the Science curriculum is to ensure that the large majority of pupils will be working at or above the expected age related expectations for each year group.

In addition, all pupils will have:

  • A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
  • A richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.

 

UUp to December 2019, the following measurable impact includes:

  • In 2018/19 the large majority of pupils achieved age related expectations or above.
  • All pupils in KS2 took part in the SetPoint Science Week – Brilliant Birds competition, to design and create a new bird species using only paper and glue. 
  • Whole school outdoor science day – Each class explored a different aspect of the outdoor environment focusing on trees, plants and wildlife.
  • Each year group had an opportunity to share their science knowledge during a class science assembly for the whole school.
  • Pupils in KS1 took part in an animal workshop.
  • Year 1 visited the Frogmore Paper Mill to explore how materials change and Pizza Express to learn about where food comes from.
  • Year 2 took part in the Tesco Healthy Eating Initiative visiting the local supermarket.

 

During the academic year 2019/20, each class will take part in a series of Forest Schools Workshops for half a term.  The sessions are planned around relevant topics for each year group and focus on learning about different aspects of the school environment.  During the Autumn term Year 6 created a vegetable patch linked to their topic on WW2.  Year 3 investigated branches linked to finding angles in Maths and the Nursery children were introduced to the woodland area carrying out a number of activities including observational walks, bear hunts and leaf threading.

To see our learning in Science, please visit the Science page on the 'Curriculum Blogs' section.

Science National Curriculum

Science Curriculum Overview

Science Skills Progression

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