How we teach Science at Manor Park Primary Academy
Through Science teaching and learning we aim to develop:
- a positive attitude towards Science and an awareness of its fascination
- an understanding of science through a process of enquiry and investigation
- confidence and competence in scientific knowledge, concepts and skills
- an ability to reason, predict, think logically and to work systematically and accurately
- an ability to communicate scientifically
- the initiative to work both independently and in cooperation with others
- the ability and understanding to use and apply science across the curriculum and real life.
The Science curriculum is covered within the context of cross curricular learning within the framework of the Cornerstones Curriculum. Understanding, skills and knowledge are built upon as children progress through each year, and Key Stage throughout the school. Science is taught for approximately 8 hours a term in KS1 and 7 hours in KS2. These hours may be taught in blocks of time provided the teaching is spread throughout the year.
In EYFS, children explore Science through making predictions, using their senses and
investigating materials and their properties. Science is taught through the strand of,
‘Understanding the World’. Science teaching is also linked to other strands of the EYFS
framework for learning 2014.Teachers support children to develop a solid understanding of things occurring around them in their day-to-day lives. Children are encouraged to be
creative and inquisitive as they participate in activities. They are also encouraged to use
their natural inquisitiveness, whilst taking part in exploratory play in specific scientific areas as well as areas which link across the EYFS framework. In EYFS, understanding of the world is taught within the context of cross curricular learning within the framework of the Cornerstones Curriculum.
All year groups ensure that there is a balance between practical skills and knowledge.
Children will be given the opportunity to gain confidence and independence in carrying out practical investigations as well as a recording observations, measurements and findings.
ICT is used to enhance the teaching of Science through the use of digital thermometers,
microscopes, digital cameras, videos, interactive whiteboards and iPad apps.
Enrichment of the curriculum, including Science visits beyond the classroom and visitors to the school, are used to support the children’s learning in Science. These experiences have included trips to:
- The Natural History Museum
- Sutton Ecology Centre
- Science Museum
- Chessington World of Adventures
- British Wildlife Centre
- Bird World