ST PETER’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
- Mae Jemison, first African American woman astronaut in space
At St Peter’s Primary School, we aim to foster children’s innate curiosity and desire to gain a deeper understanding of the world surrounding them.
In order to achieve this aim, we strive to provide high quality science teaching in line with five key indicators:
- Developing and embedding children’s knowledge through five pivotal strands of scientific enquiries (see below for more details)
- Explicitly teaching working scientifically objectives to develop skills and techniques that will enable children to work independently
- Allowing children to devise their own research questions and search for answers to expand their knowledge and skills through hands on experimentation and investigation
- Relating scientific learning to real life contexts to create purpose and substance to what is being taught
- Equipping children with the investigative skills to delve deeper into key concepts in both the natural and physical, which will prepare them for secondary education and beyond
Five Strands of Scientific Enquiry:
- observation over time
- identifying and classifying
- pattern seeking
- comparative and fair testing
Our science curriculum has been planned and sequenced in line with National Curriculum objectives and with cross-curricular links where appropriate. Furthermore, the curriculum has been created to build on what has previously been taught in other year groups to embed key scientific knowledge and encourage effective progression towards clearly defined end points.
Throughout our delivery of science lessons, our teachers will explicitly teach working scientifically objectives to develop function skills; observing, identifying and classifying, measuring, testing and recording, and reasoning and thinking skills; questioning, predicting and concluding.
Children in Year 1, 3 and 5 will be working on these objectives with support and children in Year 2, 4 and 6 will develop on the skills they have previously learnt and will be progressing in independence.
Each year we will organise and run STEM Week which is designed to support learning; help young people to understand the real world applications of their learning, to illuminate careers; showcase different roles and pathways into industry and to raise aspirations; help young people meet a wide range of inspiring role models.
For more information about the current scientific topics your children are learning, click on the links below. These organisers contain include key information and specific terminology the children should know by the end of the topic.