'Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around
him and calls the adventure Science.'
At The Three Saints Academy Trust, we believe science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. The development of these key science skills is at the heart of each new topic; this allows teachers to respond to the natural curiosity of children and enables the children to learn and to develop their scientific knowledge in a fun and engaging way. Working scientifically is embedded within our curriculum focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry. Pupils engage in meaningful discussion and learn to use a variety of approaches to ask and answer relevant scientific questions. As they progress through school, children will become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment, at collating and presenting results and they will become increasingly confident in their ability to draw conclusions based on real evidence.
At St Ann’s CE 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.
A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
SCIENCE AT HOME
Young children learn best through doing. They learn about the world around them by experiencing it through their senses. For this reason, it is important that children focus on science activities that they can hear, touch, taste and smell. Below are some websites which have lots of great science experiments for you to try at home.
Please find a list of recommended websites below:
Websites linked to the curriculum -
- www.scibermonkey.org/ - An amazing website run by the Society of Biology. It is a web portal containing the best websites, mapped against key themes and topics found in almost all science curricula. Results can be further redefined by selecting the key words for each topic.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6svr82 - A fantastic website that covers all units of work, very animated and engaging for Key Stage 1 pupils.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z2pfb9q - A fantastic website that covers all units of work, very animated and engaging for Key Stage 2 pupils.
- http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/active_science.cfm - A range of interactive activities for the young scientists for 5-11.
- http://www.planet-science.com - Great resources to help Key Stage 2 pupils become scientific at home.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/science_5_6.shtml - Great animations for all of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
- http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/educators/teaching_resources.aspx - National Science Museum in London.
Websites full of experiment and investigation ideas -
- https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/ - This website if full of easy science experiments you can do at home
- http://www.schoolofdragons.com/how-to-train-your-dragon/science-experiments - You will find lots of science experiments to try here
- http://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/collection/science-experiments - Lots of simple science experiments to have a go at together
- http://www.hometrainingtools.com/a/science-projects - Hundreds of science projects and activities for kids of all ages
SCIENCE LONG TERM PLANS
Please click on the links below to view the Science National Curriculum and our Long Term Plans.