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Rationale:

Science at Burradon Community Primary School takes its aim from one of our core values:

Be curious about the world around you, ask questions and investigate.

 

Intent:

Our aims in teaching science are to:

  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world
  • Foster concern about, and active care for, our environment
  • Help our children develop their understanding of scientific ideas
  • Raise aspirations and awareness of science related careers
  • Lay the foundations for future learning

 

Implementation: Teaching and Learning

We encourage our children to be confident and curious learners who can question and understand the world around them. We do this by:

  • Exploring science with all children on a weekly basis, with topics drawn from the National Curriculum guidance
  • Nurturing pupils’ natural curiosity by discussing what they want to learn at the start of each new topic and building learning opportunities from there
  • Embedding practical investigations in lessons to develop transferable scientific skills
  • Allowing opportunities for problem solving, peer discussion and learning
  • Working closely with external agencies, such as NUSTEM, to raise awareness of Science careers
  • Making science lessons enjoyable and engaging

 

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods in science lessons. Our teaching methods include whole class demonstration, group work, paired work and individual work. We recognise that in most areas of science, children learn best from hands on experience through exploration and investigation, so many opportunities are given for children to learn in this way. 

 

Organisation:

Science at Burradon is taught across KS1 and KS2 in the form of discrete topics covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Early Years Science forms part of the Understanding the World strand of the curriculum, in which children have the opportunity to explore and interact with the world around them.

All science topics allow opportunities for pupils to work scientifically by making predictions, setting up experiments, making observations and drawing conclusions from their practical investigations and observations. Where possible, opportunities are sought to link Science with other areas of the curriculum, such as DT, Computing, Geography and PSHCE.

 

NUSTEM:

For the past few years our school has worked in partnership with NUSTEM (formerly Think Physics) at Northumbria University. NUSTEM work with selected schools to deliver science workshops to children and their families and training to school staff with the aim of raising awareness of and interest in science careers. The NUSTEM workshops are all based around specific science careers, e.g. The Geologist, The Systems Engineer, but are delivered in an interactive and engaging way. Children respond very positively to these learning experiences both in the classroom and in the lab at Northumbria University, with many saying that they would now think about Science careers. 


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