In OLSJ we provide a high-quality science education, which is delivered through the disciples of biology, chemistry and physics. This provides children with the foundations for understanding the world around us. It is essential that all pupils are grounded in the knowledge, methods, processes and applications of science to be ready for a life where Science is at the centre of the future of the human race and planet earth. 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. Pupils should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. At OLSJ we teach 2 hours of science a week. We follow the national curriculum but also try to make links wherever possible with our topic, literacy and maths. Each unit of work consists of exploration through investigations (both long and short) looking for changes over time and gathering evidence and results and drawing conclusions from these.
Each year we have Science week at OLSJ. This is a chance for teachers to go ‘off topic’ with their teaching and include some extra exciting experiments for the children to carry out. There is also a science competition that gives children the chance to think carefully about the changing world around them.
Science in the foundation stage is based on developing children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them, as well as, developing their scientific skills. Children will be provided with the opportunities to explore science first hand and extremely practically. Children will also be encouraged to use scientific vocabulary to express their observations and experiences.
The programmes of study for science in the 2014 Primary National Curriculum are set out year-by-year for key stages 1 and 2. Schools are, however, only required to teach the relevant programme of study by the end of the key stage. Within each key stage, we therefore have the flexibility to introduce content earlier or later than set out in the programme of study. In addition, we can introduce key stage content during an earlier key stage if appropriate. At OLSJ we will set out our curriculum for science on a year-by-year basis and make it available online.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We organise science lessons that offer children opportunities to learn in different ways. These include; whole class teaching, group work, paired work, independent work, ICT, fieldwork and educational visits investigations and problem solving and research. ?We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. We have acknowledged that children learn in many different ways and have preferred learning styles. We take this into account in the planning of science activities ensuring that we cater for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles through each unit of work.