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Sherford Vale School

Sherford ValeSchool

Sherford ValeSchool

Sensational Science

 

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Science at Sherford Vale is designed to inspire children to ask and answer questions about the world around them. Science provokes excitement and curiosity and children are equipped with fundamental knowledge through working scientifically and investigative learning.

Sherford Vale Schools recognises the value of Science. We fully adhere to the aims of the national curriculum to ensure that all children:  

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop 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. Children need to be exposed to all five types of scientific enquiry: observation over time, research, pattern seeking, classifying and identifying and comparative/fair testing.
  • Are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this
  • To make learning purposeful, to make cross curricular links and for children to experience ‘real life’ concepts. (Maths, English, Computing in particular)
  • To increase children’s scientific vocabulary and the language of science.
  • To ensure children use a range of equipment accurately and safely through hands on investigations and observations.
  • To develop learning in the outdoors; to increase children’s confidence and natural curiosity of the world around them.
  • To develop children’s aspirations of potential careers in science through talking about the work of scientists and how they can make a difference to others.
  • To give children varied opportunities, through active participation.  All children are exploring and following their own lines of enquiry.  At times investigations are child led.
  • To introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) into the curriculum so that children can work on project based investigations which involve a range of skills across the curriculum.

Children should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.  Children will be working as scientists to explore through hands on activities to create a sense of awe and wonder about the world they live in. Science should encourage rich questioning which stimulates thinking and makes children want to find out the answers to these ‘real life’ problems.  In order for children to achieve well, they must not only acquire the necessary knowledge but also understand its value, enjoy the experience of working scientifically and sustain their interest in learning it. 

Children need to learn about scientists who have made a difference in society and think about the role they play in the real world.  Then they are more likely to continue to study science and use that learning for work, for family and to contribute as informed citizens.

Science at Sherford Vale School is in keeping with our ethos of think, create, ask and succeed:

THINK

Children are encouraged to think about and are equipped with knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry and physics. They gain knowledge about different scientific concepts: making predictions, analysing and explaining, allowing them to make meaningful links across the curriculum and wider world.

CREATE

Children create opportunities through hands on learning in and outside of the classroom. Throughout the programmes of study, all children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. Children are excited about science through an explorative approach: working scientifically to investigate, solve problems and ask questions.

ASK

Children are inquisitive and are inspired to ask and create questions to develop and deepen their knowledge. Curiosity is promoted and teachers will allow children to explore concepts and questions; allowing children to make links across different areas of science and develop cultural capital.

Succeed

Children approach science with a positive attitude, are enthused about the world around them and are confident learners. Children are independent and can explain scientific concepts and methods; using subject specific vocabulary. Children will also begin to make meaningful links across the curriculum, leaving Sherford Vale with a love for science and a thirst to learn more.

Science at Sherford is out of this world.  

Please use the tabs to the left to look at all the fabulous science in all the different aspects of the curriculum. 

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  • Science is taught through ‘hands on’ experiences, where children gain a greater understanding of the topic.
  •  Oracy is promoted in the classroom to enable children to articulate their thinking using scientific concepts. This can be through ‘Big Ideas’.
  • Science is vocabulary rich. Vocabulary is taught, understood and revisited.
  • Science is taught regularly and learning is re-visited with children remembering more and knowing more.
  • We give children choice and ownership over recording.
  • Active enquiry and visual learning based lessons where all children are engaged and enthusiastic in their learning
  • Children given opportunities to explain their findings clearly making links to everyday life experiences outside of school and its relevance in the wider world
  • Children use reasoning skills to develop deeper understanding
  • MA children challenged to apply their knowledge across various contexts of the lesson making links across lessons and unit.
  • Previous knowledge is re-capped and assessed to check understanding.
  • Clear models are provided through the use of concrete materials and manipulatives.
  • Children are exploring and being curious about the science around them.
  • Teachers are using AfL through daily review and challenge misconceptions.
  • Children and staff are connecting learning through re-capping, re-visiting and revising. Children are ‘going deeper’ in their learning and exploring higher order questions. Children can also reflect on their learning and are clear on the next steps.
  • Children are engaged in their learning.
  • Teachers are asking questions to check understanding.
  • Children are provided with feedback to help them move forward in their learning.
  • Children are challenged and thinking is stretched through targeted higher-order questioning.
  • Children are provided with application tasks.
  •  Children to solve problems and explore  ‘big’ ideas.
  • · Science is promoted and evident through the school, through topic displays and working walls.

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  • ·Children are resilient and resourceful.

  • Children can explain what they have learnt

  • Lessons are well planned and high quality questioning has been developed as teachers have moved towards a whole class teaching approach which is developing mastery across the subject.

  • Clear progression of skills with links across the curriculum. Teachers are clear about previous and future learning so children can do more and know more.

  • Pupil conferencing and learning walks show that children are enthusiastic and motivated in Science.

  • Thematic Science week to promote Science across the school.

  • Science CPD for opportunities so staff are trained and have secure subject knowledge

  • We take part in scientific competitions and workshops against other schools.

    2019/2020 results show:

    · 100% of KS2 children achieved ARE in KS2 SATs.

    · 89% of KS1 children achieved ARE KS1 SATs.

Miss Bennett is a PSTT (Primary Science Teaching Trust) Fellow: awarded science teacher of the year in 2017.

This year we are persuing the PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark)