Our Ethos for Science
We have a strong ethos towards independent learning and enquiry to enable pupils to have the best possible start in Science and develop in them a strong aspiration to learn. Mrs A Stenton currently leads on the Science curriculum throughout school working with all staff across Early Years and Key Stages One and Two to promote an appropriate focus on Science as part of the topics covered through the International Primary Curriculum.
At Mapplewell Primary School we aim for excellence in Science achievement by giving all our pupils an understanding of the world around them. When pupils are studying Science at the primary level, they should be acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
We provide pupils with opportunities to develop their use, knowledge and understanding of Science within a broad and balanced curriculum. We teach pupils to develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate creatively with the world at large. The skills associated with thinking scientifically at Mapplewell are: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. By embedding these in each IPC topic we aim, through our teaching, for our pupils to be able to answer questions about the world around them and to develop an interest and enthusiasm for Science.
Our Science lessons promote an independent, can-do culture, centred around pupils taking ownership of their own learning. Our ‘no hands up’ approach ensures all pupils have opportunities to speak and share their opinions and ideas whilst being valued as a member of the community. We promote learning partner work throughout school and provide ample opportunities in lessons to allow time for pupils to discuss their learning with peers, recognising not all pupils will be confident in sharing their ideas with the whole class and therefore allowing time for pupils to discuss learning in situations they feel more comfortable with.
Teaching and Learning approaches
Lessons in all year groups are heavily discussion based, providing opportunities for pupils to take ownership of their own learning and promote open conversations within the classroom between pupils and adults.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Aspects of Science knowledge are embedded in each IPC topic the pupils study and run in line with National Curriculum expectations. Within the different topic themes, scientific knowledge, such as learning about plants, is taught in Key Stage One then revisited and developed through study in greater depth throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows pupils to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for Science. All pupils are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigation. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective discussion and questioning to communicate ideas is promoted and encouraged. Concepts are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that, over time, pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
We encourage all our pupils to apply their Mathematical knowledge to their understanding of Science, including measuring accurately, calculating or the collecting, presenting and analysing of data. Furthermore, we aim to embed English opportunities within our Science curriculum, especially reading, writing explanations, report writing, writing instructions, etc.
In order for us to achieve our goals we endeavour to:
* Provide students with engaging well differentiated lessons that accelerate progress
* Nurture a positive working relationship amongst staff and students where students feel safe to ask questions and think outside the box
* Promote Science as a relevant and modern subject that has an impact on our lives every day
* Provide quality learning experiences through well informed skilful teaching and celebrate pupil’s achievements by displaying their work
* Equip pupils with the courage and skills to set themselves challenging targets through regular monitoring and feedback from teachers
Please click on the link below to view science overviews for each key stage: