The 2014 National Curriculum for England identifies that a high-quality Science education should provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. It should explore how science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity.
Science at Caedmon
Science is an exciting active part of the curriculum. At Caedmon we place an emphasis on practical-based lessons that enable the children to make sense of the world around them. In Science the children’s work encompasses the following areas:
Each of these is to be taught under the umbrella of “working scientifically” to ensure that children gain vital science skills in addition to their subject knowledge. This approach allows us to focus our teaching on the following key scientific skills:
Discussion, investigation, recording and evaluation are seen as essential to the development of a sound scientific knowledge base. This may be enhanced by class visits, in-school presentations or support from outside agencies.
There are many cross-curricular links in science and ICT can take a key role in enquiry methods. Mathematical understanding is developed as children interpret data and collate results on graphs whilst children may also write a list of instructions or a method as part of their English, embedding their basic skills.
Children are made aware of safety in all aspects of scientific investigation, at a level appropriate to the age and understanding of the individual. The children are provided with a wide range of situations, materials and activities designed to enable them to develop their scientific enquiry and discover facts about a wide range of living things, materials and phenomena.
Though not a significant part of the National Curriculum in this subject, we do try to develop children's understanding of how scientific ideas have been viewed differently over the centuries, including times where scientists we now recognise as being crucial to our understanding of the world around us may not have had their ideas treated respectfully by the societies they lived in. The freedom of expression encouraged through modern British Values is clearly central to continued scientific innovation.
Children can be supported at home simply by engaging with them when questions naturally occur. 'Why does this happen?' or 'How does this work?' are very common from younger children. It is unreasonable to think most people would be able to answer all questions thoroughly. Instead, it is better to work with your child to find the answers to some of their questions and show them how you would find answers to problems. As a start, there is a huge range of science websites aimed at children that seek to help satisfy their curiosity. Many of these sites include examples of 'experiments' or other activities you could complete with your child if you wish to take their learning further. A quick search of YouTube can also produce some very interesting information about most aspects of the science we experience in everyday life.
Assessment tasks are undertaken at the beginning of a new unit of work (to gauge the level of understanding of each child) and at the end of the unit. This should show progress in terms of their scientific knowledge, with the work carried out in their books demonstrating the skills that have been developed in individual lessons. Strategies to aid assessment include targeted challenge questions and establishing a constructive dialogue between groups of learners and the class teacher.
Subject Leader: Miss Donnelly