Science

Science at St Anne's- Working with Parents 

 

Science Curriculum

Here at St Anne’s, we have been working hard to improve our Science provision and in 2015 we were accredited with Gold after completing the Primary Science Quality Mark, a nationally recognised award for outstanding subject development. We have continued to raise the profile of Science across school and recently Mrs Clegg won the Primary Science Teaching Trust Teacher’s Award and is now a fellow of the Trust. Science is led across school by Mrs Clegg and Miss Thomason.

 

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage one the children follow the National Curriculum and science is taught on a weekly basis. In terms of subject knowledge and conceptual understanding, this comprises physics, biology and chemistry which is subdivided into the following statutory areas:

1. animals including humans

2. living things and their habitats

3. materials

4. plants

5. seasonal change

Children also develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science (“Working Scientifically”). Here children are encouraged to develop scientific ‘skills’ by asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways. Embedded throughout all science and themed work, children are also encouraged to recognise the uses and implications of science, directly applying their knowledge and skills in creative and productive challenges. Children are beginning to consider different approaches to science, considering the qualities of engineers and other scientists in the world around them every day. At St Anne’s RC we endeavour to ensure that all of the scientific subject knowledge is learnt by Working Scientifically. The children’s learning is driven by investigations and skill development.

KS2

Science is taught weekly in blocked units of work based on the National Curriculum (modules).  Children are taught how to work scientifically. Topics include:

  • Animal and human physiology
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Rocks and minerals
  • Light
  • Forces and magnets
  • States of matter
  • Sound
  • Electricity
  • Different materials and their properties,
  • Earth and space
  • Evolution

They are involved in asking relevant questions, planning different types of scientific investigations, recognising and controlling variables, taking measurements using a range of scientific equipment, recording data and using their findings to make predictions. This takes part during the units of work and during our ‘Curiosity Week’ which take place each half term where the whole school takes part. During these weeks the children focus on certain aspects of the Plan Do Review cycle within the Working Scientifically strand.

Please click on the link to see the National Curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

Additional Opportunities

In addition to the National Curriculum our children may…

  • have access to an after school science club
  • Science homework (Wonderbags, science selfies and competitions)
  • take part in a whole school Science day
  • access out of school projects and initiatives (UoM ‘Fascinate’, inter school projects)
  • take part in visits that enhance and extend learning (e.g. Manchester museum, MOSI, Blackpool Zoo, Crumpsall Park etc)
  • take part in visits from external experts that extend learning (e.g. STEM ambassadors, rocket and astronomy experts and others depending upon children’s interests and other opportunities)
  • take part in UoM SEERIH “In the thick of it” project (and others) that explores the possibilities of using technology and media to a greater level and for increased impact in science
  • look at the application of Science in a broader context, considering engineering principles and career/long term Science and Engineering awareness (i.e. the place of Science in our Society and community)

Science Year Gr Plan

2016-17 Science Gold Action Plan

 

How do we track science attainment in KS 1 

How do we track science attainment in KS2