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Why teach Science?

Statement:

Stoke Minster C.E (A) Primary School understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world. It involves a systematic study of the natural and physical world, leading to the drawing of conclusions. It is important to build upon the natural curiosity, awe and wonder that children have and to encourage them to embrace this, through techniques such as open questioning. Children should be provided with opportunities to develop their existing understanding through a range of experiences, such as practical experimentation and investigation, in order to open their minds to the social and cultural aspects of the world around them.

 

Aims:

At Stoke Minster C.E (A) Primary School we believe science is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.

Through Science, in our school we aim to:

§ Encourage the development of positive attitudes towards Science.

§ Practise safe working in accordance with the Primary Schools Code of Practice.

§ Develop enquiring minds and increasingly independent ways of thinking and working.

§ Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

§ Encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.

§ Deliver the Science Curriculum in ways that are imaginative, purposeful, well controlled and enjoyable, providing first-hand practical experiences whenever possible.

§ Deliver clear and accurate teacher explanations and skilful questioning.

§ Make cross-curricular links between Science and other subjects and apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.

§ Equip pupils with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

§ Develop the use of scientific vocabulary, recording and techniques.

Heron Cross Science

Last week 6 of our year, 6 pupils (Science ambassadors) were lucky enough to take part in a Science Day event that was organised by ourselves, along-side Science subject leaders from the Stoke 6 school network. The day consisted of a rotation of activities: butter making, forest- school activities and planting vegetable seeds.

Dinner was cooked over a campfire and pupils created their own wraps, which they ate with baked potatoes and beans.

It was a fabulous day, enjoyed by all. The pupils were a credit to the school and we look forward to further collaboration with Heron Cross, The Willows, Sandford Hill, St John’s and Oakhill.

Science in Year 6!

In Year 6 this week we have been developing our own investigations. We thought of questions such as:

Does exercise affect our pulse rate?

How is our breathing affected by exercise?

How does change of temperature affect our pulse?

Does our height affect our heart rate?

We wrote our investigations out and utilised our science equipment such as peak flow meters, stethoscopes, oxygen saturation meters to carry out our experiments as accurately as possible. We then plotted our results based on observations and determined if our experimenst were successful or we need to change some factors.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is a really important element to instill in children as early as possible. Without it communication is so difficult. Saying that specific vocabulary for subjects is also important to enable children to communicate effectively in academic areas. Please find attached the vocabulary requirements for all years. As a parent it's nice to be aware so you can challenge your child and help them develop. You never know if your child will be the next Einstein!

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