Science at Co-op Academy Woodslee is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to ask and answer questions. In order to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation and using and applying process skills.
Through science in our school we aim to:
- Encourage the development of positive attitudes to science.
- Deliver the National Curriculum Science orders in ways that are imaginative, purposeful, well controlled and enjoyable, bearing in mind that the new curriculum will lead to further policy changes during the period of transition.
- Help in developing and extending the children’s scientific concept of their world and encouraging them to ask deeper questions about the world around them.
- Make strong, purposeful links between science and other subjects. Using ICT in a meaningful way to extend their learning (Data Loggers, video, photography, microscopes and ipads).
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Enable children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data whilst becoming experts at analysing the data they collect.
- Develop the following skills of investigation – observation, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating and interpreting.
Teaching and Learning of Science
Science is a core subject in the National Curriculum. The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of the subjects are currently set out in ‘Science in the National Curriculum’
- Working scientifically is described separately in the programme of study, but will be taught through and clearly related to the science content in the programme of study. This will be embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Pupils at our school will be taught to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. The types of enquiry will include:
Observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing
- Spoken language will be developed through science, and children will be assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves and others.
Foundation classes are taught the required science elements of the foundation stage document through cross curricular themes.
(The Early Years curriculum was amended in 2012 so all planning is structured under their new curriculum.)
In years 1 & 2 science topics are taught in line with the new curriculum. Years 3&4 and 5&6 follow the new curriculum over a two year rolling programme.
To enrich the curriculum at Woodslee we timetable Science events that include trips, visits, investigations, presentations and performances. We also hold an annual whole school Science week alongside National Science and Engineering Week.