At the Oaks Primary School, we ensure that the children are active learners and therefore we encourage them to observe, experience, question and make connections to find answers about the world they live in.
We help children to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including:
– observing changes over a period of time,
– noticing patterns,
– grouping and classifying things,
– carrying out simple comparative tests,
– finding things out using secondary sources of information.
Children are also encouraged to use scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. We provide first-hand practical experiences, but we also use appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos. This also links in with some of the high quality texts that the children are exposed to through Steps to Read.
To help the children develop their skills of working scientifically as they learn about different topics, we use Science Bug materials and we track the children’s progress by using Balance.
Whole School Science Curriculum Overview (requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader):
Working Scientifically: Working Scientifically
As a school we use Science Bug planning to support teachers, although this provides the backbone to the unit of work, teachers often supplement the unit with their own planning in order to engage child fully. We monitor children’s learning and progress through Rising Stars pre and post unit assessment, they are used to support teachers professional judgement.
The Science Curriculum Overview 2020-2021 has been created with the whole school curriculum map in order to create links with other core subjects and foundation subjects. Also with children home learning during Spring term 2020, the overview allows for loss of learning and the unit of sound to be covered in Year 5 as it was not covered in Year 4 and there is no revisit to that unit of work.
In order to best support our pupils, children are given Knowledge Organisers at the start of a science unit. This supports our pupils by providing pre-teaching of some of the key vocabulary that they will be exposed to during a unit of work.