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We believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
At Beech Grove we believe that Science teaching is effective when:
- Pupils work collaboratively together
- Scientific discovery is purposeful and child led through the development of questioning skills
- Pupils draw conclusions from their own observations and measurements
- Pupils discuss scientifically
- Pupils are ‘doing’ and teachers talk less
- Pupils learn about the world around them using the school site, local area and science in the news
- Pupils are engaged in scientific enquiry through pattern seeking, classifying and identifying, exploring and developing systems, investigating and making models and by testing fairly.
- Pupils can describe their own progress in science
- Assessment is gathered through observation of pupil talk in a skills led rather than content led curriculum
Although we sometimes link science to other areas of the curriculum, the majority of our science is taught discreetly every week.
The national curriculum for science aims 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.
Science teaching throughout the school is enriched through the teaching of practical, enquiry-based science lessons and investigations. Whenever appropriate, the school grounds are used to add excitement to our learning.
Our ‘enrichment weeks’ and annual Science Week bring a cohesion to science learning across the school, focussing on a particular theme and linking the children’s learning in a cross-curricular way. During this week the scientific focuses linked with maths, art, English, drama and computing all add depth and relevance to learning. In addition to this, we invite visitors to Beech Grove such as Exmoor Zoo and ‘Wonderstruck Science’.