At Falla Park Community Primary School we believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a respect for the environment. It is vital in the future of the world in which we live.
Through the framework of the National Curriculum, we want to make sure:
√ Our Lessons are Fun.
Science lessons are practical, hands on, investigative and FUN! Every science lesson has a demonstration or practical activity. The outdoor and indoor environments are used to their full potential. Cross curricular links are made and Science is continually developed in other subjects.
√ Our Children are Scientists.
The children are able to predict, observe, describe and experiment. They take risks and have a go. They talk scientifically and make links and explain their knowledge through ‘Science Models’. They know what science is. They record their Science experiences in different ways, continuing to develop their science skills.
√ Our teachers are facilitators.
From the Early Years to Year 6, the children’s natural curiosity is supported to develop their skills as scientists. The teachers are skilled at allowing the children to find out things for themselves and supporting the children to make links in their learning. Classroom displays help the children to learn, remember and explain.
Our Science Curriculum
We follow a ‘dual objectives’ curriculum to make sure content (knowledge) and skills are developed together. Our main skills in science are:
- Knowledge and understanding:
– Explaining science
- Working Scientifically:
– Designing Experiments
– Data, Tables and Graphs
– Making conclusions
To help the children to develop their knowledge and understanding, we take a concept approach, teaching through science models. These being the ‘Particle model’, the ‘Force Arrow model’, the ‘Energy Transfer model’ and the ‘Big Picture model’. The use of science models supports:
– A simple, clear starting point for pupils to describe and explain.
– Scientific language development.
– Bridging between topics.
– Concept recognition to remember ideas from topic to topic.
– Engagement and deeper understanding through a structured development of science ideas.