At Rivington we understand that all children are naturally curious about the world in which they live and are keen to find out more about it. It is the job of Science to harness this curiosity, so that children actively seek to discover more about and make sense of their surroundings, both natural and manmade. Practical investigations and first hand experiences will nurture and refine this innate enthusiasm enabling the child to have a more meaningful understanding of the forces which shape the world and their place in it.
As the child progresses through the school, they will be encouraged to think in scientific terms and use appropriate scientific language and skills to investigate in an ordered and logical way. Refinement of thought processes, clarity of language and careful recording of results will lead to many links with other curriculum areas.
In an increasingly scientific and technological world, it is vital that children are kept informed of current scientific advances, so that as inheritors of the earth informed judgements can be made about the efficacy of their application.
Where possible our Science curriculum will be linked to our school values: Respect, Protect, Give Thanks and Keep Peace.
As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
At Rivington Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
- 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;
- be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
- develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
- use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
- develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
- develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the Science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible to the school values to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.
Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, Science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Additional opportunities are provided in Science such as Science fairs in school and educational visits linked to the Science curriculum, such as visits to the Catalyst Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.
We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.
At Rivington Science will be taught through a half-termly scientific based topic. Where possible this will link to a focus text which may be a book or article (or series of articles). Cross curricular links will be utilised where appropriate to extend the learning further and to promote the transference of skills. These links should not be forced but we believe that making natural links between subjects enables more time for in depth study and for children to transfer their skills. It is important, however, that the key skills for Science are identified and taught directly and these can be found in the long term plans and medium term knowledge organisers.
Our teaching methods are outlined in the teaching and learning policy.
Where possible the science curriculum will be used to extend the children’s cultural capital and will be enriched with visitors, visits, artefacts and active learning experiences e.g. drama.
In any written work children should be encouraged to maintain the standard of work required in literacy lessons and grammar, spelling and punctuation should be corrected in an appropriate way.
Children’s learning will be informally assessed through questioning, work in books, observations, pre and post learning tasks.
They will be assessed half termly against age related expectations. (see assessment policy.)
There is also a new assessment system being trialled in Autumn 2 2019 that puts more emphasis on assessing learning rather than marking books.
We aim for the vast majority of our children to be working at age related expectations in science, for those working towards or children with significant additional needs to be making appropriate progress and for those who have the potential to be given the opportunity and challenge to be working at greater depth.
Equality and SEN Statement
At Rivington Primary School we aim to provide equality of opportunity for all children whatever their age, ability, gender, race, religion or background. We aim to create an environment that values each pupil and enables them to achieve their full potential. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum appropriately differentiated to respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs. The opportunities and experiences we provide enable our pupils to participate fully and give their best across all aspects of school life. We place great value on the quality of relationships within our school community and celebrate the achievements of all pupils.
We appreciate that children may have special educational needs throughout, or at any time during their school career. At Rivington Primary School we aim to facilitate the full inclusion of pupils with special educational needs.
In science it is important to include a wide range of role models involved in scientific discoveries, theories and ideas. The subject can also be used to promote discussion of different beliefs and changes over time.