Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Science investigates the physical, chemical and biological world in which we live and beyond.
Our aims in Science at East Stour School
- To develop pupil’s enjoyment and interest in science
- To develop pupil understands of key scientific concepts and scientific skills
- To enable pupils to effectively communicate scientific ideas by using scientific vocabulary
- To develop positive attitudes which encourage collaborative learning and perseverance
- To develop pupils awareness of how science influences and affects our everyday lives.
Science in Foundation Stage
Children in the foundation stage experience science through one of the Early Learning Goals – ‘Understanding the World’ and will develop their knowledge through ‘child-initiated’ sessions.
Science in Key stage 1 and 2
In Key stages 1 and 2, one science topic is covered over one or two terms. The children have a weekly lesson in science and it is taught with an emphasis on engaging pupils in practical enquiry to support their understanding of scientific concepts and skills. Planning for this is taken from the Kent Science schemes of work and the National Curriculum and it is adapted to suit the needs, abilities and interests of our pupils. So that pupils can see the purpose to the learning and how it relates to the outside world, links are made to real-life during lessons. Pupils’ record their Science learning in different ways; including taking pictures, through drawings, written methods, tables, charts and through the use of ICT.
Pupils are assessed in different ways. Pupils’ learning is assessed during lessons through teacher observations, talking with pupils and through marking work. Pupils assess their own learning against the learning intention and also use peer assessment where they assess each other’s work. Three times a year the children in KS1 and KS2 are tested on the areas that are being covered in their year group. This helps to measure how well the children are progressing and to see if there are any gaps in their understanding. Teachers use this assessment to inform the planning of following lessons and to ensure that all pupils are supported and challenged in their learning. At the end of each topic, teachers assess pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the area of Science they have studied and their skills in scientific enquiry.
Science Subject Leader