At St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, science is about children developing a sense of enquiry and extending their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. The emphasis is on providing a curriculum which develops and extends the children’s scientific concepts and enables them to be curious about the world. We use a range of teaching methods in science lessons and the children will learn to work as scientists, planning and undertaking practical investigations as well as analysing data and drawing scientific conclusions.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, activities are planned in relation to the “Understanding the World” area of the foundation stage curriculum. Children’s progress and achievements are assessed against the Early Learning Goals at the end of reception. The activities are planned in a cross curricular way through topic areas that are interesting and enjoyable.
During Key Stages 1 and 2, science is taught through cross curricular topics as well as subject specific lessons. Wherever possible, links are made between science and other subjects including literacy, mathematics, DT and geography. We place particular importance on children working practically so that they can make discoveries for themselves and activities are planned to cover the relevant key science skills and knowledge for each year group. Work is recorded in a variety of ways including the use of drawings, charts, graphs and photographs. Children complete at least one science investigation per half term, with the aim that by Upper Key Stage 2, children are able to plan, carry out and write up their full investigations.
We have strong links with the Crick Institute where the children regularly visit to develop their scientific skills and knowledge.
More information about Science in the National Curriculum can be found here.