St Charles’ Catholic Primary School
As one of the core subjects, we give the teaching and learning of Science the importance it requires. At St Charles’ we aim to incorporate Science into other aspects of the curriculum and everyday life situations. It could be said that Science is one of the most important subjects that students study, as it gives them the critical thinking skills they need in every other subject. It develops social and life skills and this is essential to our thinking when we plan for the teaching of science at our school.
Our Science curriculum is planned to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics. We aim to develop an understanding of the different types of scientific enquiry that allows the children to answer scientific questions about the world around them. We endeavour to equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.
We incorporate working scientifically and the skills and understanding the children need into our planning to give each pupil a deeper scientific understanding. We aim to try and link science with other areas of the curriculum that are appropriate but what is essential is that our goal of teaching inspiring science lessons is the leading consideration when planning.
We use the ‘Focus Education’ scheme of work for science planning, from Year 1 through to Year 6. Focus Education provides a balance between working scientifically and the science skills, knowledge and understanding needed in each year group.
Science allows the natural curiosity of a child to develop and we aim to promote this. We encourage outdoor learning when possible using local agencies and our local park, Sefton Park, for field trips. Lessons include the use of a range of methods to record findings that link to other areas of the curriculum. Science experiments and group investigations are encouraged on a weekly basis to enhance the science curriculum.
We hold whole school science days to drive and promote a love for science for the children.
Assessment of the skills they gain is evidenced in pupils’ science books and in-class learning journeys, through the school’s annual cycle of monitoring.
Click below to see the progression from each year group and what will be taught.