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Science

High Standards

Year 6 pupils attained considerably higher in reading and writing, compared nationally.

Ofsted

2016-03-14T15:19:08+01:00

Ofsted

Year 6 pupils attained considerably higher in reading and writing, compared nationally.

I enjoy maths

I like the way we are taught in mathematics

Alex

Year 4

2016-03-14T15:19:18+01:00

Alex

Year 4

I like the way we are taught in mathematics

School Leadership

The leadership team has created an enriching learning environment

Ofsted

2019-01-23T11:35:12+01:00

Ofsted

The leadership team has created an enriching learning environment

Confidence

Pupils love learning and have the confidence to try new things

Ofsted

2019-01-23T11:38:57+01:00

Ofsted

Pupils love learning and have the confidence to try new things

Quality teaching

The quality of teaching is good.

Westminster Diocese

2019-01-27T09:37:04+01:00

Westminster Diocese

The quality of teaching is good.

Science

Aims

  • Develop pupils’ scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding by learning about biology, chemistry and physics.
  • To develop children’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through scientific enquiry.
  • Help children to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Equip children with scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.
  • To foster a love and enthusiasm of science.
  • To develop enquiring minds.

Curriculum Organisation

  • It is taught in topics set out in the ‘Science programme of study: key stage 1 and 2’ document.
  • Health education will be included in the unit of work ‘Animals, including humans for each year group.
  • We use the Non statutory Guidance and relevant schemes of work to assist us in our planning

Teaching

At St Cuthbert Mayne we aim to teach science through a variety of ways such as the use of:

  • Scientific enquiry – to be taught within each unit of work
  • Practical work
  • Asking questions, especially asking and answering the childrens’ own questions
  • Exploration
  • Testing, developing and justifying ideas
  • Research  Independent and group work
  • Using speaking and listening partners – talking about science
  • Video clips
  • Visitors and workshops e.g. STEM, Wheel barrow workshops, Owl time, Set point
  • Science themed weeks – linked to National Science week
  • Observations especially over time
  • Decision making
  • Using scientific language
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Written work including the use of ICT
  • Cross curricular work where possible with PE, literacy, numeracy and ICT

Key Skills

  • Scientific enquiry
  • Questioning
  • Planning
  • Using equipment accurately
  • Recording
  • Observing
  • Grouping
  • Classifying
  • Predictions
  • Recording
  • Making conclusions
  • Supporting ideas
  • Safe working
  • Working as part of a team
  • Fair testing
  • Scientific research
  • Understanding the implications of science today and future

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out in line with the school assessment policy.

Science Programme of Study – an overview