Science

Science Curriculum Statement: 

At St Oswald’s we want all our children to develop a love of science and a deep understanding of the concepts they learn. We want them to have no limits to their ambitions and aspire to be the astronauts, doctors, dentists, researchers and scientists of the future.

Our Science lessons provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed all our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity so all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They are also taught to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Curriculum Intent

The science curriculum at St Oswald’s not only meets the National Curriculum requirements, it promotes curiosity and encourages the children to raise questions and investigate their own ideas. It develops thinking skills, problem solving and empowers the children to become independent, resilient learners.  Our curriculum seizes opportunities for discussion and explanation which deepen scientific understanding and reinforce vocabulary and language development. Reading and mathematical skills are enhanced throughout the Science curriculum.

 The aims of the national curriculum are 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
  • ensure the children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Implementation

Every class enjoys a weekly Science lesson (roughly 2 hours). Practical, memorable lessons enable the children to understand the world they live in and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Lessons ensure the children have a valuable and exciting learning experience which inspire them to have a lifelong interest in the scientific world. The learning we deliver is varied and interesting, but still cumulative in nature so that the children's understanding develops as they progress through the school embedding key learning and knowledge.  In parallel the children are constantly developing their skills in scientific enquiry including: identifying and classifying, pattern seeking, research and comparative and fair testing.

Ongoing assessment, revisiting concepts and reinforcing knowledge ensures progression and enables all children to reach their full potential as scientists.

Impact

The curriculum at St Oswald’s will ensure children not only acquire appropriate age related scientific knowledge but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points.  In shaping our curriculum this way, progress can be measured and evidenced for all children, regardless of their starting points or specific needs.

At St Oswald’s we strive for every child to achieve their full potential in Science. We aim for them all to develop a love of science, a respect for the world around them and an understanding of the importance and potential for science in the future.

Science Assessment at St Oswald’s: 

The assessment of science is ongoing. Teachers will ascertain the children's understanding during and at the end of each lesson, misconceptions will then be tackled and rectified, ensuring that no child is left behind. Regular quizzes reinforce learning too. 

The children also complete end of unit tests and a termly assertive mentoring Science test is taken. This assessment data is used to inform further planning to ensure important concepts are understood by all and to ensure all pupils are on track to meet end of key stage expectations.

Enhancements:  

British Science Week: 6-15th March 2020

We’re looking forward to finding out about this year’s theme!

STEM Fair Litherland High school.

STEM/ Science club available during the Spring Term.

Curriculum Development Opportunities

Birds of Prey Visit

Early Years Visit to Imagine That!

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