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Science at Escrick

Science Week 2022! To celebrate Science Week, Year 6's organised a 'Science Gadget Shop' that sold science related items all week! The Year 6 children have promoted the shop in assembly and opened it every morning this week! We have raised over £400 that we will use to buy equipment for school, thank you to everybody who visited the gadget shop!

Intent

Science at Escrick fosters the natural curiosity children have and encourages respect and understanding of the world around them. Our approach to teaching Science aims to create inquisitive, resilient, and enquiry based learners.

 

Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and developed, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged which aids children’s knowledge and understanding of the world.

 

We believe that children learn best by active engagement. We provide them with a range of opportunities to work scientifically, ensuring these skills are at the heart of our science curriculum.

 

Implementation

Class teachers will plan and teach meaningful weekly science lessons aiming to develop knowledge, skills and confidence in Science. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Science is covered within knowledge and understanding of the world. In KS1 and KS2, class teachers will plan their lessons following the school Science curriculum and following our Long-Term Plan.

 

When planning and teaching Science, teachers should aim where possible to make links with other subjects so the children can transfer and apply their skills. Teachers will use Focus Education units where appropriate, to ensure high level reading and writing are a vehicle to learn about and present Science learning.

 

Teachers will plan for collaborative learning within teams and groups in order to support and help one another to reach their goals. Children will also be asked to solve problems and answer questions independently; individual learning in Science will create resilient, confident learners.

 

Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts. Children are also offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. Regular events, such as Science Week allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.

 

At the end of each topic, key knowledge is reviewed by the children and checked by the teacher to inform monitoring and assessment of Science, this information is then passed onto the subject leader.

Impact

The successful approach at Escrick results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. We want children to enjoy and value science and appreciate the range of skills it will provide them with. An essential part of the children becoming scientists is promoting curiosity and encouraging the children to ask questions. By the end of KS2, our expectation is that children will be able to develop their own questions, plan different types of enquiries to answer those questions and communicate their findings in a variety of ways. Children will understand that part of science is failing and that problem solving helps us to overcome these failures. They will understand the role that science and other STEM subjects play in solving some of the key problems facing the world, such as climate change.

 

Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first-hand experiences of the world around them. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children will have a clear understanding of how scientists both past and present have contributed to society's understanding of the world around them.

 

Children learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies including the STEM association. They learn from and work with professionals, ensuring access to positive role models within the field of science from the immediate and wider local community.

Science Superheroes - We use these heroes to help us think about the scientific lines of enquiry. They have been designed by children and we use them in all classes in school.

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