Science Subject Leader is Mrs Rhodes
Our curriculum intent for science is that every child will:
- Be curious about the world around them and ask questions about scientific phenomenon
- Develop their own ideas and understanding in order to make sense of the world we live in
- Develop and acquire the scientific knowledge needed to understand the wider uses and implications of science in the world today
- Have opportunities to work practically, using scientific equipment which is appropriate to their age
- Have opportunities to meet real scientists who can share their knowledge and love of the subject
Holy Trinity is committed to ensuring all children have full access to a high-quality science education. This includes not just learning scientific knowledge, but also learning to work in a scientific manner. We have a range of scientific resources to support children in their learning, but also have links with Charters School, whose science department loan us their equipment too. The school also makes good use of our extensive outdoor grounds to give children opportunities to explore practical, real life science, whether it is learning about plants and animals or forces!
The Curriculum is largely focused around 4 key areas:
- Asking and answering scientific questions
- Making close observations
- Identifying and classifying materials, animals, plants etc.
- Performing simple tests
- Gathering and recording data
- Setting up practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
- Making systematic and careful observations
- Recording data using drawings, diagrams, bar charts and tables
- Using scientific equipment such as thermometers, data loggers
- Making explanations based on findings and observations
- Using correct scientific language
- Identifying similarities and differences and changes
- Plan their own scientific enquiries in order to answer a question
- Take accurate measurements using scientific equipment
- Record increasingly complex data using tables, bar charts, scatter graphs and line graphs
- Use test results to set up further tests
- Consider reliability of results
- Types of animals
- Parts of animals (including humans)
- Feeding and exercise
- Plants and growing
- How animals (including humans) move and feed
- Human nutrition
- Grouping living things
- Parts of a plant
- What plants need
- Life cycles
- Human bodies (circulation, transport of water and nutrients)
- Classifying living things
- Comparing materials
- Identifying materials
- Uses of materials
- Pushes and pulls
- Rocks and soils
- Changes of state, including the water cycle
- Properties of materials, including thermal and electrical conductors
- Separating mixtures
- Changes of state (liquid to a gas etc)
- Magnets and forces
- Light and shadow
- Earth and space
- Changing electrical circuits
- Light and sight
How does Science fit into our School Vision?
To be an inspirational place of learning where:
We facilitate opportunities so every child can flourish in a place where they feel safe, happy and confident.
- Ensure that staff are well supported in understanding the need for safe practice, especially in practical science lessons.
- Ensure that the equipment and technology that is used is off a high standard and that children use equipment which is appropriate for the age and level of scientific working
Staff wellbeing and professional development is valued and supported in order to fulfil their roles, inspire others and experience personal fulfilment.
- Provide CPD for staff in science National Curriculum
- Ensure resources are available and of a high standard to allow teachers and other staff to teach high quality science lessons
- Use specialist agencies to enhance our science curriculum and provide ideas for enriching lessons.
The school provides facilities that enable an optimum learning environment.
- Ensure pupils have access to high quality scientific equipment
- Ensure pupils have access to the excellent outdoor learning environment we have at Holy Trinity Primary School
- Be aware of new technologies that would engage and inspire pupils
The school plays a central role within our community and enjoys strong links with the church, local companies and other schools.
- Approach local companies to offer sponsorship/funding for the purchase of new equipment
- Explore new ideas for trips and visitors within and from the local community who can support with the science curriculum
- Link with Charters and The Marist to enquire about support from students/with resources and learning
- Link with Charters maintained to continue to loan of scientific equipment
- Forge links with other Science subject leaders across the local cluster
- Organise science events and days within the local cluster