Science Science Introduction At Sheriffhales Primary School, we recognise how science impacts every aspect of daily life, and that without science humankind would not have made progress throughout history. We understand that science solves problems and that we need to develop scientific thinkers to help with the challenges of the world. As one of the core subjects taught at primary level, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it deserves. Intent Learning science is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge of our world, and with developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. Our science curriculum intends to develop the natural curiosity of each child no matter their demographic, encourages them to have respect for living organisms, and instils in pupils the importance of caring for the natural environment. This is reflected in one of our vision drivers: caring for our world. Science Lessons Using the requirements of the Science National Curriculum as our guide, our Science lessons offer opportunities for children to: develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology formulate their own questions about the natural world foster the confidence to ‘be wrong’ when it comes to making predictions and postulating their own theories promote an awareness of the importance of teamwork in scientific experimentation practically investigate their questions using various methods of enquiry gain competence in the science skills of planning scientific investigations, gathering and analysing data and critical evaluation of investigations across the disciplines use a range of methods to gather data from investigations and secondary sources including I.C.T., drawings, diagrams, videos and photographs. present data in a variety of methods including tables, bar charts, line graphs, pictograms and pie charts produce comprehensive science reports that demonstrate their proficiency in the scientific method have care for the safety of all individuals in lessons by developing knowledge of the hazards of the materials and equipment they handle, along with mitigating these hazards develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery. Teacher improvement Our teachers are encouraged to continually improve their knowledge and practical competence by: having access to CPD videos that cover every area of the National Curriculum having a minimum of one science lesson observation per school year with feedback attending two science themed staff meetings per school year inspection of pupil work via scrutiny of book work and learning walks termly analysis of pupil progress in science plan resources participate in regular CPD using PLAN Science Assessment materials Science Coordinator Role The school has appointed a science coordinator whose responsibility it is to oversee the science function of the school. They will: strive to continually improve all aspects of the school’s science function complete annual audit of resources and keep records of these purchase sufficient resources that allows the school to adhere to the principles as set out in the ‘Science Lessons’ section above monitor the impact of the PZAZ scheme by assessing and tracking pupil progress improve their own practical and technical knowledge of science conduct annual reviews of the school’s science provision work with Governors to support annual reviews report to the Senior Leadership Team. At Sheriffhales Primary School: Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout the school. Key Stage 1 lessons last for 1/1.5 hours, and KS2 lessons 1/2 hours, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught by the children learning through play. 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. Implementation Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children can achieve high standards in science. Teaching is set out thus: Science will be taught as set out by the year group requirements of the National Curriculum. This is a strategy to enable the accumulation of knowledge and allows progress in repeated topics through the years. Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities, allowing children to find out for themselves how to answer questions in a variety of practical means. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given appropriate equipment to use their scientific skills to discover the answers. Engaging lessons are created with each lesson having both practical and knowledge elements. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills and children are regularly assessed to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up. We build upon the learning and skill development of previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence. Working Scientifically skills are explicit in lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career including new vocabulary which demonstrates the power of language allowing them to reflect upon their thoughts and opinions. Challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the theme of the lesson. Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts. Our children benefit from opportunities to visit Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens to explore rainforest habitats and Chester Zoo to deepen their understanding of animals including humans and their habitats. Additionally, they visit Cosford Air Museum to explore forces delivered in a rich tapestry of active workshops and discovery opportunities. Close proximity to a local solar panel farm also enables us to explore renewable energy and its potential benefits for the environment. Exploring renewable energies enables us to demonstrate how we care for our world– we believe we are agents of tending to the needs and rights of our world and that we care for our local and global environment. Additionally, local hills and nature areas enable us to explore habitats and rivers allowing our children to develop a love and appreciation of nature and the beauty of the natural world. Sheriffhales Primary School benefits greatly from its unique rural location which is rich in plant and wildlife. As a greatly valued asset, we ensure that our pupils make the most of our surroundings. Our outdoor learning programme, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) School Gardening Awards programme, provides our children with many opportunities to engage with nature whilst developing scientific skills and an awareness of the importance of caring for our world. We celebrate science and technology and as such want our children to be excited by it. We participate in national celebrations of science by joining in National Science Week. This celebration promotes science and STEM opportunities enabling inclusive opportunities for all pupils. Impact The successful approach at Sheriffhales results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the natural world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences. Much learning takes place outdoors so pupils can investigate their immediate environment. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local organisations, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners. Our science curriculum will ensure that our children develop active minds and bodies encouraging pupils to lead a safe, healthy physical and mental life. They will care for our world tending to the needs and rights of our local and global communities. These are some of the drivers for our school vision; ACTIVE MINDS AND BODIES, CARING FOR OUR WORLD, READING FOR LIFE, PRIDE IN OUR DIFFERENCES, THE POWER OF LANGUAGE and ENJOYING LIFE. Teachers will use end of unit assessments to track children’s progress evidenced in their books and in their ability to explain their understanding using the appropriate vocabulary. Vocabulary is explicitly taught and returned to throughout the learning topic and in cross curricular contexts. School leaders will monitor the assessment held on the school’s data tracking recording. Parents will be informed of progress throughout the year.