Science at Peel Park
At Peel Park our children will gain a deep and meaningful knowledge and understanding of the modern world in which we live. By stimulating their natural curiosity, they will gain the skills to explore, hypothesise and question, and become the scientists of the 21st Century.
Science makes an increasing contribution to all aspects of life. Children are naturally fascinated by everything in the world around them and Science makes a valuable contribution to their understanding. By talking together children can be encouraged to explore and observe so that they can group objects and events and look for similarities and differences. They will need to measure and record the things they have found out in ways that make sense to them so that later they can talk to other people about what they have discovered. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to question.
- learn scientific skills and knowledge.
- build on their natural curiosity and enable them to understand and care for the world in which they live.
- are provided with an environment where they can work in an investigative way and can communicate their findings in a variety of ways.
- Can use equipment safely and sensibly.
- develop the potential scientific links with all other areas of the curriculum.
- 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.
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Peel Park aims to provide all children with the opportunities and resources to develop them as young Scientists. We achieve this by understanding what our school and children need to become better at Science, then select and plan our topics and lessons to support this ensuring progression throughout the school, with the appropriate level of challenge and support being provided to allow them to work scientifically in a more rigorous manner as they progress through school to ensure they are next stage ready at every stage.
At Peel Park we base our teaching on the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and follow the Learning Challenge Curriculum, this is particularly helpful with ensuring that there is continuity and progression. The National Curriculum document for Science sets out a clear, full and statutory requirement for all children. It determines the content of what will be taught, and sets attainment targets for learning. The programmes of study set out what should be taught at Key Stage 1 and 2 and The Foundation Stage programmes of study for Understanding of the World are set out in the EYFS. While it is important that pupils make progress, it is also vitally important that they develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage.
Within the EYFS, Science is integral to the Early Learning Goal of Understanding the World. Through Carefully planned lessons and resourced provision, the Early Year Curriculum develops the foundations of what it means to be a scientist. Activities are carefully planned to meet the Early Learning Goals and develop characteristics of effective learning which underpin all of the skills and knowledge needed to ensure our pupils are next stage ready.
Within key stage 1, we ensure that our expectations enable all pupils to establish and begin to develop the key skills, knowledge and principals of working as a Scientist and the content outlined in the National Curriculum. Developing on the outcomes achieved by the EYFS, the children extend their knowledge of seasons and use their observation skills and experiences to date to embark on their journey as young scientists. In Key Stage one there is a stronger emphasis on the teaching of knowledge and vocabulary.
The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. They are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. Most of the learning about science is done using first-hand practical experiences with the additional use of appropriate secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos to deepen pupils’ knowledge.
The curriculum enables pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them. They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They draw simple conclusions and use some scientific language, first, to talk about and, later, to write about what they have found out.
At our school an important outcome is for all pupils to develop as young scientists and we achieve this by recognising and planning for what becoming better at Science entails – progression - and consequently challenging and supporting our pupils to work scientifically in a more rigorous manner as they progress through the school.
We want our pupils to be naturally fascinated by everything in the world around them and to understand that Science makes a valuable contribution to their understanding of the world in which they live.