“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.”
This quote from Henri Poincare really encompasses the vision of science at St Chad’s. Our ambition is to equip every child with the scientific tools and knowledge needed to become inquisitive and curious individuals. With our continually evolving world it is essential that we move with the times and ensure children are encouraged to look at our world as scientists.
The national curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
What does Science look like at St Chad’s?
Generally, Science is taught within our Connected Curriculum with links being made to the overarching project question that is used within Curriculum units. Throughout their time at St Chad’s, children study Science under three key areas:
I’m a Biologist
As a biologist, children focus on the following key areas:
- Animals, including humans
- Living things and their habitats
- Inheritance and evolution
I’m a Chemist
As a chemist, children focus on the following key areas:
- Everyday materials
- States of Matter
- Properties and changes to materials
I’m a Physicist
- Earth and Space
- Forces and Magnets
Taking into consideration the importance of strengthening schemas and embedding knowledge within the long term memory, it is important that children build on previously taught knowledge across their time at St Chad’s and make links to previously taught knowledge. Click on the images below to identify further how knowledge is progressed across the different scientific strands.
We promote opportunities in science for cross curricular links. To be effective learners’ children need rigorous, discrete subject teaching alongside equally effective cross-curricular links. Children build on skills taught in maths when creating tables, graphs, analysing and presenting data and reading different temperatures and amounts. Children develop literacy skills such as reading and writing through experiment write ups, recording results and writing instructions.
Enquiry at St Chad’s
Our science curriculum is very hands-on and creative allowing children to actively engage in scientific enquiries of their choice. Children use a variety of enquiry strategies, independently make decisions, use evidence to answer their own questions, solve real problems and evaluate their work.
Talking like a scientist
With the teaching of scientific vocabulary being a vital cog in supporting children to continue building their understanding of the scientific knowledge being taught, we ensure that key vocabulary is being built on year by year.
As part of our continual evaluation, we provide opportunities for children to share their voice and discuss science as a subject. We listen to the things they enjoy, the things they want more of and the things that they think we could improve on.