At St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy we aim to give children a high-quality science education which provides children with an understanding of our world and the environment around them through our science teaching. We aim to give all children equal opportunities in Science and teach them specific knowledge and skills relating to their Science topic.
We encourage children to use scientific vocabulary specific to their current science topic through clear modelling and we build upon the children’s vocabulary each year. Children’s questioning is also encouraged as they carry out investigations/observations, driving their learning forwards.
Topics such as ‘animals including humans’ are taught in KS1 and are again studied at a higher level in KS2, enabling children to use what they have already learnt as a foundation before learning new knowledge.
We use Cornerstone’s Love to Investigate scheme as a foundation for our science lessons but teachers have the freedom to adapt the science investigations to make the learning relevant for the children and use our surroundings and resources to support children’s learning.
Science is taught within the three sciences; biology, chemistry and physics. Through our science lessons, children’s scientific knowledge (essential knowledge) and scientific skills (working scientifically) are developed.
We use ‘Talk for Science’ whereby the essential knowledge is ‘mapped’ and we use science ‘sentence stems’ with actions to help children use vocabulary relating to working scientifically.
Misconceptions are addressed during each topic through the use of ‘concept cartoons’ which give the children an opportunity to discuss certain concepts.
PoP (Proof of Progress) Tasks are planned in on a termly basis which give the children an opportunity to prove their learning and understanding and children who are working at a higher level are particularly able to show this in these tasks.
Children are given the opportunity to work as a whole class, group work, paired work and individually. We allow children to think about how they could create their own discoveries and we give children the opportunities to develop their ICT and maths skills throughout scientific investigations.
At St Joseph’s Catholic Academy we want our pupils to realise that science is all around us and science experiments and discoveries can happen anywhere and everywhere. We want children to understand how our world has changed due to famous scientific discoveries and to develop concern for our environment and realise that they are the next generation who can help make a difference to our environment and we want to break the stereotypical mould of what/who a scientist is and provide children with aspirations for jobs which use science.
We are able to measure the impact of the Science curriculum through informal pupil and staff discussions, tracking of knowledge of new vocabulary in the Never Heard the Word Grids and monitoring Insight objectives/assessment