At Christ Church we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect
of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the
teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry.
It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
At Christ Church, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of Science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge.
Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.
The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the Science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible to the theme projects to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.
At Christ Church School, children have weekly lessons, or blocked weeks in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, Science is taught through Knowledge and understanding of the World, where the children learn about the world around them through play.
Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as Science fairs run between the schools in our Academy trust, online Science days such as the Science Farm live, put on by the National Farmers Union and World Ocean day, who encourage involvement in local beach cleans and investigating microplastics, educational visits linked to the Science curriculum, such as visits to We the Curious in Bristol, Noah’s Ark and Puxton Park, visitors to school, and the South West Science Challenge run by Bristol University.
We endeavor to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.
The teaching of Science will be a balance between knowledge and skills in most lessons where possible. This will include a practical and a hands on approach using a range of resources wherever suitable. So that Science is accessible to all children and encompasses all abilities and needs, we provide differentiated questioning and support within lessons and it is encouraged for Science to be hands on and collaborative wherever possible. Our Learning Organisers, Vocabulary Progression and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) enable every child to be challenged appropriate to their need.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports our children’s understanding of Science through the planning and teaching of ‘Understanding the World.’ Children find out about objects, materials and living things using all of their senses looking at similarities, differences, patterns and change. Both the environment and staff foster curiosity and encourage explorative play. Children are motivated to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. Our children are encouraged to use their natural environment around them to explore. Children enjoy spending time outdoors exploring mini-beasts and their habitats, observing the changing seasons, plants and animals.
In KS1, children continue to build on their Science knowledge with more formal weekly Science lessons, or blocked weeks, where they are taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills: asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways; observing closely, using simple equipment; performing simple tests; identifying and classifying; using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions and gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.
Moving in to KS2, children are to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills: asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them; setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests; making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers; gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions; recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables to report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions; using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions; identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes and using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts our Science curriculum will lead pupils to be enthusiastic Science learners.
All children will have:
On Wednesday 9th November 2022, Christ Church School took part in a STEM day, where each year group carried out a range of activities within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Year Five and Six were lucky to have STEM Ambassadors from the Royal Navy Stem Engagement team work with them during the day carrying out a range of activities. They used Snap Circuits in the hall to make a flying saucer propeller fly to a target, learnt about pneumatics and about applications for these on a submarine, and programmed a spherical programmable toy called a 'Sphero'.
Some Year 6 experts, taught children from Year 5 how to use TinkerCad to design a Christmas decoration to be printed on our 3D printer.
EYFS built towers using paper cups, and created a marble run. Year One found out how to roll paper into tubes to create a tower, and endeavoured to create the tallest tower. Year Two made boats out of foil and tested them to see if they would float. They also had a challenge to see who could build the tallest paper tower. There were some impressive attempts.
Year Three created marble runs and were challenged to try to speed up, or slow down their marble by changing the position of straws on their maze. Year Four carried out experiments on temperature and then created different types of paper aeroplanes and tested them to see which flew the furthest. A great day of learning was had by all.