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Rationale for the science curriculum at Dringhouses:

 

At Dringhouses children develop an enthusiasm for and enjoyment of science through a range of engaging and hands on activities. Their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas are developed, along with key processes and skills. Children are taught different ways of thinking, how to find things out and how to communicate their ideas effectively. We endeavour to make lessons thought provoking and inspiring, leading children to wonder, ask questions, research and then discuss their learning at home. Ultimately we aspire to ensure the children become successful, confident learners, enjoying the process of exploring values and ideas through science.

Aims of science learning at Dringhouses:

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines  of biology, chemistry and physics

  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

 

Working scientifically:

In line with the National Curriculum, pupils are taught to ‘work scientifically’. The National Curriculum document defines this as:

 

‘Working scientifically’ specifies the understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science for each year group. It should not be taught as a separate strand. The notes and guidance give examples of how ‘working scientifically’ might be embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics, focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry should include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils should seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.

 

To support the well-structured and progressive curriculum, the school makes use of a range of engaging resources such as those provided by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Association for Science Education Education (ASE) and Explorify. Classes across school take part in STEM workshops run by STEM ambassadors to support the teaching of science. As a school, we take every opportunity to enhance learning, encouraging science professionals to come and share their knowledge with the children. In KS1, the children are taught science through a cross curricular approach. In KS2, the children are taught science as a discrete subject on a two-year cycle. In order to encourage an investigative approach, the school has a store of equipment to allow investigations, observations and measurements.

 

For more information, please see the documents below and/or contact the science subject leaders, Mrs Angela Skidmore and Miss Sarah Graham. The school is currently undertaking work towards the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM).

 

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