Science at St Michael's

The Curriculum Leader for this subject is Miss Birch


Intent

At St. Michael’s Nursery and Infant School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.

The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.

At St. Michael’s, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

The National Curriculum provides a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout Key Stage One, which is linked, where possible to topics to provide a creative scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study.

At St. Michael’s:

Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as visits from the ‘Life Bus’, special focus ‘Science Days’ and trips out of school to local farms.

We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills into the next stage of their education and life experiences.


Implementation

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;


Impact

The successful approach at St. Michael’s results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.