Science at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School
At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School we believe that children have a natural curiosity about their world and the enthusiasm to want to make sense of it. We aim to provide our children with the opportunity to build their Science Capital by having first-hand experiences so that they come face to face with phenomena and learn directly about the ways things are, and why they behave as they do. Following on from this, children use secondary sources (books, videos, and visits) to reinforce and broaden their knowledge.
Our children are involved in a wide range of activities that are practical, relevant, co-operative and stimulating. We aim to give children an understanding of the scientific concepts – not just facts, and an understanding of scientific processes. This includes the development of a range of skills which include asking questions, discussing, predicting, planning an investigation, fair testing, methods of recording, how to interpret findings and evaluating them. In addition we aim to foster social awareness and responsibility, self-reliance, independent and reflective thinking.
The aims of Science are:
·To encourage and develop children’s curiosity and fascination with their world.
·To develop a balance of scientific skills using an investigative, illustrative and focused task approach.
·To develop the attitudes of curiosity, open-mindedness, perseverance, tolerance, co-operation, responsibility, critical awareness and originality.
·To encourage awareness of science and scientific advances outside the classroom.
·To provide science education which will be challenging to all pupils and ensure equality of opportunities.
- To encourage and develop the children's ability to ask and answer their own questions.
- To develop their growth mindset and resilience, enabling pupils to embrace any mistakes.
·To support and develop children’s language development and enable pupils to become effective communicators.
The New Science Curriculum 2014
From September 2014, all schools have been implementing the new National Curriculum and this includes a new programme of study for Science in Key Stage One and Two. At Holy Cross, we use the Kent Trust Scheme of work for Science which has been revised and updated to follow the new Science Curriculum.
Children in the Foundation Stage follow the 'Knowledge and Understanding of the World' objectives set out in the Early Years Framework, which underpin Science curriculum planning for children aged three to five.
Skills and Attitudes
Children should ask questions, try to discover solutions, listen to views of others and be prepared to accept new ideas. They should also be able to evaluate their own work and work of peers and consider ways of improving it.
Children are given the opportunity to carry out work in groups as well as independently. They are encouraged to discuss their ideas with peers.
Science is based around scientific enquiry. Therefore, teaching methods maximize the potential for investigative work.
It is a teacher’s responsibility to select the most effective approach for a lesson. There must be a balance between teacher demonstration, guided practical tasks and investigations; both ability and mixed ability groups and use of first and second-hand sources.
Effective science aims to achieve excellence for each individual regardless of gender, race and age.
Activities should be tailored to pupils’ needs, allowing them to achieve their full potential.
Scientific knowledge needs a global perspective and opportunities to consider how science has helped to solve problems in a wide range of contexts.
This half term Year two are continuing their topic of materials. Today we planned a simple test to find out 'Which material is best for blocking a hole in a bucket.' We used plastic, paper, cardboard and fabric. We discovered certain materials absorb water whilst others are waterproof.
In Science, as part of our learning about Sound, Year 4 created string telephones. We observed how we could hear each other louder using a string telephone than without one. We then spoke about why this was. We learnt that the string and the cups are solid, so the particles are much closer together than the particles in the air, which is a gas. The sound energy can travel from particle to particle far easier in the solid string telephone, so the sound of our voices is louder over the same distance than it was in the air.