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In Science, children develop their knowledge through a perspective of ‘wonder and what if…’as they view the world around them. Teaching encourages children to explore concepts and develop the necessary skills to break down ideas,promoting resilience in finding solutions and recording learning.Investigations and an active curriculum are designed to capture enthusiasm and support knowledge acquisition. Our children are taught to work scientifically through the five lines of enquiry: observation overtime; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing and research using secondary sources. Innovative technologies support learning to continually question, discuss, engage and reflect throughout the investigation process. For example, in Year 2, when sorting materials, the Seesaw app allows pupils to demonstrate their unique observations and pinpoint their reflections through a narrative. Pupils as ‘Science Ambassadors’ promote and support our science learning throughout the school.
Children develop an understanding of variables through fair testing and the use of different research methods to collect information. Projects are closely linked to real-life experiences, such as the ‘lunchbox enquiry’ of ice cube storage in order to develop secure knowledge of functionality. Our Science curriculum is designed to ensure children build upon prior learning of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. We utilise the school environment and local community,for example Daresbury Laboratory, Jodrell Bank and Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, to promote aspirational views of Science in the world of work. The successes of the Eco-Team demonstrate the ways the children are investing in resources, which support their science curriculum and the school community. A STEM week approach celebrates Science in our school community, allowing the staff and children to work together, embracing change and taking risks.
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What do we do to make Science special?Our pupils and staff love learning about Science and we work hard to develop and build upon our Science knowledge at Grappenhall Heys. We encourage active learning and questioning to promote independence and resilience. We provide a progressive curriculum and engage with our children in using their prior learning to develop and build upon their knowledge and vocabulary for the unit of work.
In our school environment we support learning in the classroom through our Science Working Wall, along with promoting subject knowledge and vocabulary for working scientifically and for the unit of learning through the use of Knowledge Organisers.
Science Working Walls
What does my child learn in school?
Click here for our Science curriculum.
Our curriculum carefully maps out the progression of units of learning for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with close links to working scientifically, fostering an enquiry led curriculum enriched with key science vocabulary that is built upon each year.
We aim to ensure that all children make progress across all areas of the curriculum:
- To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding.
- To 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.
- To be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implication of
Science, today and for the future.
In Early Years, the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Curriculum and Development Matters document are used for planning and assessment. In the Foundation Stage, pupils experience a wide range of activities linked to 'Understanding the World'.
'Understanding the World' involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. Activities are planned for children to play, explore, actively learn and develop their thinking skills in science through focused, continuous and enhanced provision.
Key Stage 1 and 2
In Key Stage 1 and 2, in line with the National Curriculum, lessons are planned and taught to ensure coverage of all of the key Science strands - biology, chemistry and physics.
Click here for Year 1 - Animals and the human body, everyday materials and plants.
Click here for Year 2 - Uses of everyday materials, animals and humans and living things and their habitats.
Click here for Year 3 - Rocks, light, animals including humans and forces and magnets.
Click here for Year 4 - Sound, electricity, animals including humans and states of matter.
Click here for Year 5 - Properties and changes of materials, light, Earth and space and forces.
Click here for Year 6 - Evolution and inheritance, living things and their habitats, animals including humans and electricity.
Why are Science skills so important?
‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It should not be taught as a separate strand. The notes and guidance give examples of how ‘working scientifically’ might be embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics, focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry should include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations) and researching using secondary sources. Pupils should seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
A whole school vision to reflect our Science voice
The children and staff worked collaboratively to create a whole school vision for Science.
The children from all key stages met to discuss and create a wordle to represent what the teaching and learning of Science is like at our school.
What is metacognition in Science?
Metacognition in Science supports our learning in the way we produce and record information. It supports strategies to reflect on and evaluate our own thinking and the way in which we take on problem solving.
How is my child assessed?
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Assessment is undertaken through written questions, presentations or investigations.
In the Early Years, on-going assessment is used; children’s progress is clearly marked and tracked in children’s individual trackers. Staff communicate with parents on a regular basis and parents receive annual written reports and are invited into parents evenings to discuss progress.
How does the school meet my child’s needs in Science?
All Science lessons are scaffolded and differentiated to meet the needs of individual pupils. Where appropriate, the Early Years’ Curriculum and the National Curriculum 2014 will be used to identify suitable objectives to be incorporated into Intervention Plans and/or individual pupil targets. More able and talented pupils will be identified through a range of activities and their needs will be met through the development of individual or group programs that encompass a range of learning styles and are designed to enrich the curriculum.
How can I support my child at home?
We welcome parental support to secure Science vocabulary and learning knowledge and skills. Click on the links below for further information.
If you are looking for a hands on approach to Science enquiries for home try some of these investigations.
Why not try a day trip to a Science museum, to engage your child in the world of Science and technology along with having some fun as a family.
Please speak to your child's class teacher or Mrs Newman if you have any questions about Science at Grappenhall Heys.
2019 - 2020 academic year we enriched the Science we teach through Science Week in March 2020. We organised people from our local community, who have a science related career to support us in developing our children's awareness and aspirations of employment in the science industry.
This academic year, we are working towards obtaining the Primary Science Quality mark (PSQM). This award recognises the great successes and celebrates our teaching and learning across the school.
The current Year 5 class are participating in a project, which is funded by the Educational Endowment Fund and the Wellcome Trust to support the teaching, learning and assessment of Science. This is a 2 year project and will continue in 2020-2021 with the current Year 4 class.
Letters have been sent out to current parents about this project. Please click here for a copy of the following:
Science STEM Week at Grappenhall Heys a huge success!
Our theme about 'Our Diverse Planet' saw our children from EYFS to Year 6 being inspired by the world of Science and technology. The many visitors from our local community shared with us their work in the world of Science for example Chester Zoo, a local owl sanctuary, Daresbury Laboratory scientists, vet, pediatrician, computer scientist, paramedic to name a few inspirational role models.
During Science Week, all year groups from EYFS to Year 6 engaged in learning through working scientifically and developing our five enquiry based skills, we even got to collaborate with a different year group to share our learning.
Fair and comparative testing
Pattern seekingIdentifying and classifying Observation over time