We seek to extend children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to ask questions about the world, enabling them to develop and evaluate explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Team work, independence and inventiveness are embedded in our learning and are key attributes for today’s scientists. We aim to provide opportunities to ensure pupils acquire knowledge which they can retain in the long term. The practical nature of experimenting enables SEND to thrive.
The national curriculum is followed, and where possible topics are embedded into the term’s themes.
Each pupil has ten key performance indicators written in their science books, which show the steps for success for their year group.
Experimental techniques are developed throughout the school with a framework of what is expected in each year group, with reference to ‘Working scientifically’
SEND children are encouraged to explore and investigate practically and usually work in mixed ability groups. Their understanding is often recorded through drawings, photographs and discussion.
Laminated Fair Test planning, doing and evaluating sheets are used to foster growing independence in investigations
Whole school science days, with links to Bishop’s High School, encourage a love and understanding of science and raise its profile throughout the school.
Children, from SEN to high attainers, have developed a love of science and an eagerness to observe and question the world. This has been inspired by imaginative science lessons and whole school science days. A year 3 pupil said " Science really stretches your thinking. It's cool to find out what happens!" An SEN pupil commented "It's crazy. I love doing stuff like making loud and quiet noises with balloons"
They have learnt to communicate using appropriate scientific language. As they progress through the school they can use scientific investigations to learn about our world and increasingly use graphs and tables to show their results. They can make conclusions and discuss ways in which their experiments could be improved.
Teamwork has been fostered by performing experiments in groups and increasingly they have been encouraged to formulate and carry out their own investigations.
As a church school, we encourage our pupils to be enquiring and curious about the wonderful world in which they live, and our work in Science gives pupils of all abilities the opportunity to investigate how and why things happen.
From an early age, pupils are encouraged to make predictions and test their ideas using practical experiments. They consider how to make their tests fair and learn to make accurate measurements using a wide variety of tools and equipment, such as thermometers and Newton meters. They make simple electrical circuits and use microscopes to explore the world close-up!
As children progress through the school, they are expected to plan their own investigations to answer intriguing questions such as ‘Does the tallest person have the largest feet?’ or ‘How does a burglar alarm work?’ Children learn how simple scientific concepts explain everyday phenomena and the importance of science in everyday life. Wherever possible, science is linked to work in other areas of the curriculum – for example, in Year 5, pupils explore the science behind WWII through parachutes and planes.
As well as enjoying the resources of our school site – a magnificent wildlife area and gardens - we are fortunate to be able to offer an exciting range of science-themed visits including Techniquest in Cardiff Bay, the Lugg Meadows, as well as visits from the amazing StarLab astronomical inflatable and birds of prey!
We hope that our pupils are enthused and excited by their work in science and are proud that so many of them continue to excel in this subject at secondary school.