“Children should be taught how to think, not what to think.”
Margaret Mead (1901–1978: anthropologist)
Science inspires children, encouraging them to be inquisitive about the world and allows them to develop a wide range of skills that are useful across all subjects. At Vicarage, our vision is to provide a science curriculum that enables children to explore and discover the world around them, experience the awe and wonder of nature; as well as find out about different scientists, their work and discoveries, and various careers where science would be useful.
In Vicarage our high-quality science teaching gives children a good start in their understanding of the big ideas in science, and enables them to learn the skills necessary to be a scientist. The teaching of science begins with our very youngest children in the Early Years where they explore and experience different phenomenon, describing what they have seen. In KS1 and 2 we block science topics and plan from the National Curriculum Programme of Study (2014) for Science and are supported in our planning by the Scholastics and Twinkl Science Schemes of Work. As far as possible the science topic is linked with the term long theme.
Our science assessment is skills based and focuses on the ‘working scientifically’ skills for each year group. When working scientifically children will develop key skills such as data collecting, pattern seeking, identifying and classifying, measuring using various instruments (becoming more accurate as the children get older) and expand their subject knowledge and vocabulary. Through practical enquiries children will develop skills such predicting, experimenting and evaluating. Speaking and listening skill are developed through science, as children generate and answer questions, use scientific language and progress from describing events to predicting and forming more sophisticated conclusions based upon the data collect.
Due to the practical nature of science children are given every opportunity to explore their environment both inside and out of the school. We have a school garden which children have the opportunity to work in. This has ranged from collecting mini-beasts during a mini-beast hunt, to testing materials and how they are affected by the weather. Alongside practical enquires classes will take part in educational visits to stimulate further learning, for example to the Newham City Farm, Natural History Museum and East Ham Nature Reserve. They also may be involved in workshops delivered by outside providers.
Please click here to download the current national curriculum statements for your child’s year group.
Each year we hold an exciting science week where children have the opportunity to conduct exciting experiments and immerse themselves in science activities for the week. During the week children will conduct many practical enquiries working on their working scientifically skills as well as experiencing the awe and wonder of science, nature and the world around them. We have in the past had workshops, workshops, farm animals in school, hatched chicks, ducklings and experienced the metamorphosis of butterflies. The children relish the challenges set and use the skills learned during the year to predict, complete practical enquires and evaluate their enquiry.
Our budding scientists in Year 6 have been observing the dissection of an ox heart as part of their Heart and Circulation topic.They were able to experience the techniques used and observe the different parts of the heart. It really brought learning to life. Many of the children are now inspired to pursue a career in medicine.
Year 4 have been classifying animals and grouping them using a Venn diagram. This is part of their Living things and habitats topic.They have been using their classification skills and prior knowledge of animals and their characteristics to do this.
In term 5 we will be having our fantastic science week planned where children will have the opportunity to plan and complete science experiments, take part in workshops and learn about how science fits into the wider world.
Watch this space for further information and challenges.
Below you will find a range of websites that you might find useful.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6svr82 KS1 science
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z2pfb9q KS2 science