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Science at St. Oswald's

   

School Vision and Values

We aim to provide a Catholic Christian education based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. The values of the Gospel underpin all aspects of school life in order to provide an environment in which the dignity of each person, as a child of God, is recognised and developed.

 

We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness. John 10.10

 

Intent

 

Our aims at St Oswald’s RC Primary School are to provide all children with the necessary skills and knowledge of Science as outlined in the programme of study in the National Curriculum 2014 for Science. Science is a fundamental part of children’s lives and their development. It supports them to understand the world around them, record their findings, make informed conclusions, enquire and think critically. These are all valuable transferable skills that our children will take with them as they journey through education.

 

Our Science curriculum focuses on a progression of scientific knowledge investigative and enquiry skills within the topics; living things and their habitats, animals,including humans, materials, forces and magnets, light and sound, electricity and Earth and space to ensure that children become competent in identifying and applying enquiry skills, as well as understanding scientific concepts. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Our intention is that Science also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.

 

Implementation

 

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. The study of science is planned to give pupils a suitable range of differentiated activities appropriate to their age and abilities. Tasks will be set which challenge all pupils, including the more able. Success criteria in every Science lesson are set in order to guide children to achieve their potential. This ensures work is demanding and matches the aims of the curriculum. For pupils with SEN the task will be adjusted or pupils may be given extra support. The grouping of pupils for practical activities will take account of their strengths and weaknesses and ensure that all take an active part in the task. The high quality teaching at St Oswald’s responds to the needs of children. Feedback is effective.Our curriculum is enhanced with guest speakers who are specialists in their field, workshops, trips to businesses, science museums and universities, fieldwork to relevant places of interest, innovative use of technology to name but a few. We also teach a progression of Scientific vocabulary to support children in their understanding. Full and adequate CPD in Science is provided for all teaching and support staff to ensure an excellent level of teacher modelling of this key vocabulary. At St Oswald’s, we give children access to a wide range of good quality resources and provide cross curricular opportunities for children to apply their Scientific knowledge and skills. 

 

Through teaching Science all children are given opportunities to: 

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to everyday experiences. 
  • Acquire a curious and questioning mind. 
  • Develop skills of observation and investigation. 
  • Collect, retrieve, present and communicate their findings to others in a variety of ways.

 

To support children in their understanding of science and their role as scientists, we have developed five child friendly, whole school science principles. These are displayed in the school’s science area and they are referred to as part of science lessons and learning opportunities.

 

We are brilliant scientists when;

 

  • we ask and answer our own questions
  • we explore the world around us.
  • we test our ideas using scientific equipment.
  • we learn from other scientists.
  • we share our understanding in different ways.

 

 These principles allow our children to understand how they will become brilliant scientists.

 

Impact

 

The implementation of this curriculum ensures that when children leave St Oswald’s School, they are competent scientific investigators and are fluent in scientific language. They know how to deal with challenges and have a range of strategies to overcome them. Visits within Science have enriched the lives of the children and they are able to discuss how the experience impacted their scientific knowledge and understanding. All children achieve well in Science, reflected in outstanding progress that reveals a clear learning journey. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in Science and there is a proven track record of outstanding outcomes as shown in pupils’ scientific ability, verbal explanations, their books and their enjoyment of the subject. At St Oswald’s we aim to inspire the students to consider a pathway towards a scientific career and through wider reading in Science, children will know how science influenced and is central to our everyday lives and how scientists influenced improvement to our lives.

 

St Oswald’s Science Principles

 

We are brilliant scientists when;

·      we ask and answer our own questions.

·      we explore the world around us.

·      we test our ideas using scientific equipment.

·      we learn from other scientists.

·      we share our understanding in different ways.

 

These principles allow our children to understand how they will become brilliant scientists.

St Oswald's Science Area

Home Learning Science Experiments

 

Signs of Spring

 

Explore the different signs of Spring all around you.

You could use;

  • a magnifying glass
  • a camera
  • paper to draw pictures or record your findings

Encourage children to spend time in the garden or observing from a window.

Questions you could ask them;

  1. Can you describe the weather today?
  2. What is happening to the flowers in our garden?
  3. Which wild animals have you seen?
  4. What do you notice about the trees?

 

Activities that children could complete;

  1. Record a tally of wild birds they see.
  2. Create a weather forecast for the week.
  3. Draw the different growth phases of flowers in the garden or outside.
  4. Record a chart of the different flowers and plants in the garden.
  5. Hunt for mini beasts in the garden.

These activities could be completed as a writing task, drawing task or through the use of a camera/ Ipad and creating a record on the computer.

 

Share photographs of your home science experiment on our school Facebook page.

BBC Bitesize Learning Opportunities

 

The BBC are now providing 3 lessons a day for children from Year 1 to Year 10. 

 

Their weekly science lesson will be on Wednesday.

 

I have included a link to their full timetable. 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

To access the lessons and resources click on the image of the year groups above.

Planting and growing

Learn how different environments can affect the growth of a plant.

You will need;

  • plastic cups or small plant pots
  • compost
  • seeds, for example sunflower seeds or peas

Instructions

  1. Fill your cup with soil.
  2. Use your finger to poke a hole into the soil.
  3. Pop 1 seed into the hole and cover it with a little soil.
  4. Water the seed.

 

You may like to try placing a plant in different areas of your house and garden, for example areas which are bright, dark, warm and cold, to discover how this affects the growth of each plant.

Try putting one of your plants in a dark place like a cupboard. What happens to the plant?

 

Share photographs of your home science experiment on our school Facebook page.

Make Your Own Rainbow

Learn how to make a rainbow with this fun science experiment.

You will need;

  • a glass of water (about three quarters full)
  • white paper
  • a sunny day

Instructions

  1. Take the glass of water and paper to a part of the room with sunlight (near a window is good).
  2. Hold the glass of water (being careful not to spill it) above the paper and watch as sunlight passes through the glass of water, refracts (bends) and forms a rainbow of colours on your sheet of paper.

Try holding the glass of water at different heights and angles to see if it has a different effect.

 

Share photographs of your home science experiment on our school Facebook page.

Design and Test a Parachute

Learn about air resistance while making an awesome parachute!

Design one that can fall slowly to the ground before putting it to the test, making modifications as you go.

You will need;

  • a plastic bag or light material
  • scissors
  • string
  • a small object to act as the weight, a little action figure would be perfect

Instructions

(Remember to ask your grown for help when you use the scissors)

  1. Cut out a large square from your plastic bag or material.
  2. Cut across the corners to turn it into an octagon (an eight sided shape).
  3. Cut a small hole near the edge of each side.
  4. Attach 8 pieces of string of the same length to each of the holes.
  5. Use sticky tape or tie the pieces of string to the object you are using as a weight.
  6. Use a chair or find a high spot to drop your parachute and test how well it worked, remember that you want it to drop as slow as possible (you could use a timer to record how slowly or quickly it falls).

Why not try testing a different material or making the parachute bigger or smaller and discover what happens to the speed it falls to the ground.

 

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“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”

John 10:10

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