At Roselands we want Science to be meaningful, fun and inspiring. We use a variety of approaches and resources which develop and nurture children’s natural curiosity through a range of well planned Science experiences.
In Key stage 1, Science is embedded in a thematic approach with a science led theme each term. Each new theme is started with exploration, where children begin to pose questions to guide their investigation sessions. Where possible, all lessons involve children learning through hands-on experiences and learning new ideas within a real life context to make Science more meaningful. Stories are used to give their science learning context and to help hook them in. They are introduced to new vocabulary and use our Oracy skills to help them talk scientifically. Children record their science learning in a variety of ways appropriate to their stage. This will include photos, drawings, charts and simple written and oral explanations.
At Key Stage 2, there are a combination of science-led themes and shorter discreet science blocks in every half term. At the start of each block, children will be given an opportunity to freely explore their new theme through exploration of equipment, pictures and questions to focus their scientific thinking. In each session, children make links with new vocabulary and use our oracy skills to help them talk scientifically. Children are involved in creating questions which they can investigate, either as a class or to enable them to follow their own line of enquiry. Use of books and the internet to research science facts takes their learning in the classroom beyond the national curriculum guidance. Children record their scientific learning in a variety of ways, including results tables and charts, explanations (both oral and written), diagrams and photos.
Throughout their time at Roselands, children will be introduced to a range of well-known, inspirational Scientists who have helped shape our world. These will include some of the famous pioneers in history to more modern scientists who are having a positive impact on our world now.
Progression maps for both substantive and disciplinary knowledge support teachers in planning content that builds on previous learning. Knowledge organisers are built throughout the block to support children in developing and retaining key knowledge associated with the subject. Working scientifically is built into every lesson and is designed to develop children as scientists. Teachers design lessons to develop the full range of scientific skills across the year.
The whole school focus on Oracy supports children with developing their language around enquiry and their understanding of scientific explanation.
Each year, children take part in National Science Week activities Every other year, there is a science week where learning centres around exciting scientific activities based on a whole school theme. During this week, children are immersed in science learning both at school and at-home, inspired by visits from science professionals. We make good use of STEM ambassadors and people in Science- inspired vocations to inspire and allow children to develop positive attitudes about authentic future careers involving Science. In collaboration with businesses and further education establishments, children are introduced to the varied and exciting world of science.