Science at Westfield Primary School
|Science at Westfield Primary School|
At Westfield Primary School we aim to develop the investigative, technical and practical expertise needed to become scientists of the future. We want our children to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge and skills to develop their understanding of the world around them. Children are given opportunities to plan, carry out and evaluate results from investigations to further their knowledge and understanding.
We want all of our learners to develop a life-long love and curiosity of Science, accessing lesson content and outcomes through a range of supportive measures such as additional visual support, adult intervention, a differentiated curriculum and recording of their understanding through technology.
At our school, we encourage all children to learn to think and work creatively to solve problems; both as individuals and collaboratively as members of a team. Our Science curriculum links to the wider curriculum and core subjects as children are given opportunities to learn about scientists and discoveries through history as well as experience what it is like to be a scientist in this day and age adding to the cultural capital of our curriculum at Westfield.
Children develop independent thinking and questioning of scientific concepts through their practical work. They ask and find answers to their own questions and learn that every question and theory in Science is valid.
Every pupil has their own approach and ideas about how Science works and the direction that they want their investigations take. This is valued and acknowledged.
Children use the key skills of enquiry and exploration to ask and answer their own questions, nurturing their natural inquisitiveness from Early Year.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. We use ASE planning exemplification to support the planning of Science across the school as well as resources provided by The Ogden Trust to enhance our curriculum further. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following:
Each topic ends with a piece of work which demonstrates the knowledge and understanding that the children have developed during the unit of work. This learning is then built upon next time that the children visit this area of learning within Science and any gaps in understanding can be addressed. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson in a sequence of carefully planned lessons and each year group’s curriculum builds on from the previous year group. Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children.
At Westfield Primary School, 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 Westfield Primary School, 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.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
- Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
- We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
- Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
- Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
The successful approach at Westfield Primary results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local people, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.
Teaching and Learning
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 topics to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study. Teachers use materials from the Association of Science Education to deliver high quality lessons.
At Westfield Primary School children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as Successful Science after school club and educational visits linked to the science curriculum.
We are proud to be part of a local Ogden Trust Partnership of 16 schools and colleges where in which staff gain valuable CPD opportunities to bring back to school and form relationships with other schools and businesses that benefit our children.