Science Policy 2019-20
At St. John’s it is our aim that all pupils develop their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the teaching of the different areas of science, biology, chemistry and physics. We also aim to develop our pupils understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
We also recognise the importance of teaching our pupils to understand the rich vocabulary of science across the curriculum. We want our pupils to be confident in their understanding of scientific vocabulary and be able to use it correctly within their science learning.
We aim to increase our pupils’ cultural capital and give our pupils opportunities to experience, enjoy and enjoy science in different contexts to maximise their pupils’ engagement with and motivation to study science; whilst ensuring all pupils are safe and able to participate.
The below policy is recognised as being the responsibility of all teaching staff and will be monitored by the Science Co-ordinator, Deputy Head teacher and Head teacher.
Through the teaching of science children at St. Johns will be given opportunities to develop their ability to: Pupils should be able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language as well as they should also be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. In doing so, we aim to extend our pupils scientific vocabulary
We aim to incorporate our pupil’s mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, linking it to the teaching of statistics including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
At St. John’s we want our pupils to be encouraged and helped to:
Make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Engage and observe different scientific experiences
To be curious and ask questions
To able to devise ways of finding answers to these questions
Be able to ‘work scientifically’
communicate their ideas using appropriate and accurate vocabulary
To be able to classify, predict, observe and carry out simple tests
To broaden our pupils scientific understanding of the world around them
Be able to conduct tests safely to gain further understanding about the relationships between living things and their environments
To devise simple tests which are comparative and fair
To build upon their ‘working scientifically’ skills
To build upon their previous scientific study and refine their skills in the areas of testing and other scientific enquiry skills.
To begin to draw conclusions from carrying out tests, use evidence to support ideas and use scientific understanding to explain their ideas.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life, with a lifelong interest in STEM linked careers.
Leadership & Management
Science co-ordinator: Mr Ackerley
The co-ordinators role with the organisation is to ensure that the points relating to the subjects on the school development plan/ subject action plan improve outcomes in that area for pupils of St. Johns C.E.
The co-ordinator will be responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the teaching and learning in the subject as well as the ordering, organising and distribution of resources related to the subject. The co-ordinator may also be responsible for the analysis of any data if required.
Planning & Timetabling
Science lessons will take place twice a week in both KS1 & KS2
Planning will be include opportunities for cross curricular learning opportunities where deemed relevant by class room teachers. Opportunities for links to mathematics such as ‘statistics’ units of work will be evident in science books across the year groups.
Planning for science will utilise the St. Johns planning format and be used in conjunction with monitoring of work in books.
Classroom teachers will provide verbal or written feedback where deemed appropriate. The St. John’s marking policy will be followed when providing feedback.
Opportunities in which working scientifically skills have been used by pupils will be highlighted by the use of a ‘green highlighter’ where appropriate. At St John’s pupils progress will be measured against the Lancashire KLIPs documents at the end of each unit by the class teacher.
This policy will be reviewed in at the end of the school year 2019-20