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Welcome to Science!

 

Our science curriculum is made up of both knowledge and skills. Our lessons include learning about core scientific concepts such as living things, forces and materials. We also like to include experiments regularly where the children will learnt to develop their skills in predicting, investigation and evaluating. Each year group will have a half term dedicated to learning about the science all around us. We will be using our Forest School to learn about plants, animals and much more!

 

 

Keep an eye on this page over the next half term to see what we have been learning about as well as the exciting experiments that have taken place across the school.

 

Intent

 

At St Paul’s School, we believe that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We believe that through science, children have the opportunity to investigate and by doing so, develop the skills of observation, enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem solving. We encourage collaborative and independent working.

 

As a school, we have chosen The Herts Primary Package to support planning. We believe this provides appropriate and stimulating scientific experiences which encourage pupils to make sense of the world around them

 

We feel it is important that children:

  • develop a positive attitude to scientific enquiry and an awareness of the influence of science in everyday life
  •  are taught activities that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum in a way that is appropriate to the needs of all children and which challenge them to fulfil their potential
  • develop their’ scientific knowledge and understanding and investigation skills.
  •  apply their scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems in a wide variety of contexts
  • develop an understanding of safe ways of working and to take increasing responsibility for managing their own investigations safely
  • to use scientific contexts to develop and consolidate the basic cross curricular skills of English, Mathematics and Computing

 

Implementation

 

In order to develop their scientific knowledge and skills:

  • Science activities and enquiries will be organised using a variety of grouping strategies and challenges that are most effective in enabling children to meet the learning objects for all abilities.
  • Key vocabulary will be displayed in classrooms and children are encouraged to engage with working walls and use scientific language regularly.
  • Teachers will plan lessons where children can become more independent learners.
  •  Foundation stage ‘science’ learning will have a strong emphasis on developing basic enquiry skills and high quality observations as set out in the early learning goals.

 

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Science at St. Paul’s School:

EYFS

  • Children are taught science through understanding of the world. This is taught through teacher led activities and child led activities.
  • Forest school visits are weekly.

 

KS1

  • Weekly Science lessons.
  • Science units show progression from the previous year group.
  • Science lessons explore both scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • A 6 week forest school unit is planned for, once an academic year.

KS2

  • Weekly Science lessons.
  • Science units show progression from the previous year group.
  • Science lessons explore both scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • A 6 week forest school unit is planned for, once an academic year.

 

 

Impact

By the time the children at St. Paul’s leave our school, they will have:

 

  • developed a positive attitude to scientific enquiry and have an awareness of the influence of science in everyday life
  • developed their’ scientific knowledge and understanding and investigation skills.
  • applied their scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems in a wide variety of contexts.
  • developed an understanding of safe ways of working and to take increasing responsibility for managing their own investigations safely.


 

When working scientifically we use these science wheels. There is one for KS1,lower KS2 and upper KS2. They are displayed in each classroom and every child has one in their books.

 

St Paul's have been thinking about how we can use less plastic and have discussed the effect this has on the environment especially our oceans. We collected lots of single use plastic that  we use daily at school and have created a display called 'Wave of Plastic'. The display is in our  library with some thought provoking questions along side the wave.

 


  • St Paul's C of E VA Primary and Nursery School
  • Langleybury Lane, Kings Langley,
  • England, WD4 8RJ
  • tel: 01923 263641
  • email: admin@stpauls779.herts.sch.uk
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