Subject - Science
SCIENCE AT OAK GREEN SCHOOL
Why do we teach what we teach? (Our intent)
The principle of our science teaching is to enable pupils to have first-hand learning experiences, observe phenomena and to make sense of their world. Looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. Science has revolutionised the world we live in and so it is essential that every child is given the opportunity to learn the key aspects of science. At Oak Green we want children to be eager scientists, ignite curiosity and be ready to ask questions to further their knowledge and skills. One day a child of ours might become a great scientist who revolutionises the world in which we live!
How do we teach it? (Our implementation)
At Oak Green we follow the science programme of study from the National Curriculum. The programmes of study describe a sequence of knowledge and concepts to develop a deep understanding of science. We want them to acquire and then secure knowledge and transferable skills that are progressively embedded from the very beginning of their learning journey to transitioning to life beyond Oak Green. To ensure we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding we make the teaching of science as practical and hands on as possible to ensure a sense of enjoyment. Sometimes we do this through whole-class and small group teaching, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.
As well as the necessary knowledge and concepts it is important that children understand the methods and processes of science. ‘Working scientifically’ focuses on the key features of scientific enquiry this includes:
- observing over time
- pattern seeking
- classifying and grouping
- comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations)
- researching using secondary sources.
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
At Oak Green children enjoy science because it taps into their natural curiosity, inquisitiveness and provides opportunities for awe and wonder. They develop a keen interest in the world around them and ask deep and well considered questions. The children can re-call the rich and memorable learning experiences that they have been provided with. They are able to make thoughtful predictions about the answers to their questions and can test ideas and draw conclusions from their results. The progression throughout the year groups allows the children to progress year on year and a pace appropriate to the leaner. We nurture learners’ roots to support growth and take pride in their achievements both personally and across the curriculum. We aspire for our learners to have the determination and perseverance to achieve their full potential.