Science is a highly valued subject taught at Immanuel and St Andrew Primary School. We believe that our high-quality science education provides the children with the foundations for understanding the world around them and for developing a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
Science at Immanuel
At Immanuel, we believe science is a very creative subject and that scientific enquiry is at the heart of our science teaching. Through this, we aim to encourage the innate, natural curiosity that children have about themselves and their surroundings. We provide children with the opportunity and tools to develop their own questions and to consider ways of finding out answers, fostering problem solving skills, ownership over their own learning and ultimately a better understanding of scientific concepts. They are encouraged to observe, raise questions, make predictions, experiment and record their findings. This includes developing the ability to examine things systematically, to select and sort information, to understand the features of a fair test and to be able to collect and consider evidence.
Science is taught weekly throughout the school through a variety of topics according to the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum (e.g. Materials, Keeping Healthy, Forces, Electricity, The Earth and Beyond). Work is planned and tailored to each class’ needs using a range of resources. Lesson activities include, amongst other things, practical investigations, observations, exploring the outdoor environment , recording and analysing results and the use of role play and drama to explore concepts. Children are assessed in Science through teacher observations of their work and discussions during lessons.
In Early Years, Science is incorporated through play and free flow activities. During lessons, the children are introduced to new scientific vocabulary which are always based on the wider topic for the term.
Science is also promoted though an annual Science Week, a range of Science trips, visitors and workshops and after school clubs . Through all of this, we aim to equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science for both today and for the future.
National Curriculum Program of Study
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