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Alma Primary School

Alma Primary School

Science

At Alma Primary, we provide children with a high-quality science education that inspires an enthusiasm and curiosity about the scientific processes that shape the world around them.  This gives children the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

The children are taught a balance of scientific knowledge and investigative skills as we encourage them to work scientifically.  We support them to use a variety of approaches to ask and answer relevant scientific questions about the world. To work scientifically, children are encouraged to: make observations over time; seek patterns; identify, classify and group; make predictions, carry out comparative and fair tests (controlled investigations); and research using secondary sources.

We believe that children learn most effectively when their learning is contextualised so this core subject is mainly taught through topics or themes with a practical, creative approach. To further contextualise their learning, children are encouraged to develop cross-curricular links. They apply their mathematical knowledge to understanding science by collecting, presenting and analysing data and, where applicable, identifying numerical patterns in their results. They are supported to develop their enquiry skills through writing. This includes: recording predictions; writing reports on the scientific processes taking place during their investigation; and presenting their findings in detailed conclusions and explanations. We support the development of children’s ICT skills by using a variety of programmes that will help children to grasp scientific concepts as well as collect, record and present their findings.

Pupils are encouraged, in all areas of the curriculum, to develop their speaking and listening skills. Having a high population of children with English as an additional language, we believe it is vitally important that we create opportunities for children to orally rehearse their ideas. In science, we encourage talking for learning so that children can explore scientific vocabulary and concepts. This gives them the best possible chance of successfully carrying out well-planned and thoughtful investigations.

 

Click here to see the National Curriculum for Science in key Stages 1 and 2.