Science at Fulham Primary School
National Curriculum: Science (2014)
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 it is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods and 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.
Science at FPS
Through science, pupils at FPS:
· engage in a wide range of practical, hands on experiences which embeds a culture of curiosity and enquiry
· ask questions of the world around them and are supported to find the answers
· are taught to use scientific vocabulary
· able to use a range of resources, including ICT
· encouraged to lead and promote a ‘healthy lifestyle’
· make reasonable and relevant predictions, based on their prior experiences
· carry out and evaluate scientific investigations and understand the meaning of a ‘fair test’.
· are taught to use scientific equipment and resources safely during practical activities
· measure and record data accurately
· are encouraged to foster good work habits, both independently and collaboratively
DELIVERING THE CURRICULUM
Children in the Foundation Stage work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals in ‘understanding the world’. Teachers plan specific topics and build upon and develop children’s own interests and curiosity about the world they live in. This is effectively delivered through a range of child-initiated and adult-initiated activities in the indoor and outdoor learning environment. It is taught alongside other areas of learning.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, teachers plan weekly science lessons that are based around the objectives outlined in the National Curriculum and if appropriate, link them to their topic work for each half term. Opportunities for working scientifically are identified through the working scientifically document and planned for. Staff are encouraged to provide lots of practical, hands on experiences for pupils.
We are very fortunate at Fulham Primary to have two practical, outdoor spaces for pupils to develop their scientific understanding;
The Nature Lab
We have an outside science learning environment in the school playground. It contains a variety of areas such as a pond, a hedgehog house, a mini beast hotel where children can get investigate and see in a real life context where animals live. Pupils regularly have science lessons in the nature lab, so children can experience different habitats, not often found in inner city London!
The Growing Area
At FPS, we are extremely lucky to have a designated growing area in our playground. We grow a range of fruit and vegetables such as runner beans, lettuce, peas, potatoes, strawberries and sunflowers, which the children grow themselves throughout the year. The children enjoy sampling them and sometimes even sell them! Pupils can access this space, not only during science lessons, but through other lessons, playtimes and lunchtimes and clubs.
We are also lucky that FPS is situated in London, arguably one of the greatest cities in the world! Children benefit from a wide range of class visits, across the capital’s museums and attractions; linked to science which helps to reinforce children’s class work. This is alongside visiting local parks and green spaces to consolidate science learning.
KEY SKILLS THROUGH SCIENCE
At FPS, we understand how powerful cross curricular learning can be. This helps children to make links and use their skills in a range of ways. This also ensures we maintain high standards of maths and English throughout our curriculum.
English is an important part of our teaching and learning in science, in a range of ways:
· Speaking, listening and language: give pupils opportunities to articulate scientific concepts, enable pupils to make their thinking clear to themselves and others, enable teachers to remedy pupils’ misconceptions through discussion, enable pupils to communicate their ideas to a range of audiences
· Reading and writing: read information within secondary sources, label diagrams, write instructions/ methods, write descriptions, write evaluations, write explanations, read and spell scientific vocabulary consistent with their word-reading and spelling knowledge
· Vocabulary development: develop use of accurate scientific vocabulary in reading, writing and spoken language
Our pupils have the opportunity to apply mathematics knowledge and skills in science, in a range of ways:
· apply arithmetic fluently to problems
· understand and use measures
· collect, represent and analyse data
Science Curriculum 2015-2016: