Science is one of the core subjects of the National Curriculum and it relates to many other subject areas. Science allows children the opportunity to explore and understand the world around them and the uses and impact of science today and for the future. The children will be working scientifically through all their Science activities and the content and skills are taught appropriately for each year group so that the children will build on these as they move through the school.
When planning, teachers will consider the overall Learning Objective; a focus for the objective and the resulting Success Criteria in order to ensure that children develop secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage.
At St Thomas Primary School we aim to encourage curiosity and develop a range of skills in order to help children to ask and answer questions, together with deepen their understanding of the world they live in. They are provided with a wide range of opportunities and resources and will be actively encouraged to participate in hands on investigations and enquiries.
By promoting first hand experiences we hope to enthuse children in taking an active interest in science and a deep appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life. In order to do this lessons are not restricted to the classroom, but where possible we make use of our amazing outdoor facilities such as the playing field, playground and the forest school so as to enhance the children’s learning experiences. This enables the children to develop their investigation skills, team work and problem solving skills.
Work undertaken during science lessons is mainly of a practical or oral nature, therefore recording of such work will invariably take a variety of forms. Where written work is completed in science books it will be marked in accordance with the school’s policy, as an aid to progression and to celebrate achievement.
At times children may be asked to self-assess or peer assess their own or other’s work. This is an important element when assessing if a learning objective has been met but also to help children to better focus on future targets for their progression. This is commonly referred to as Assessment for Learning, which helps the children and the teacher to reflect on what has been learnt so far. Throughout the school teachers will assess whether children are working at/above or below the expected level for their age based on their understanding and application of the content of the National Curriculum 2014.