Science

 

"Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge."

                                                                           Stephen Hawking

A Belton scientist can investigate and question the world around them; conducting experiments and recording their findings using appropriate scientific vocabulary. They will develop an awe and wonder about the world they live in which encourages them to question and explore. We have created Being a Belton scientist as this is what we would like each child to achieve by the time they leave.

Our Curriculum Intent

As a core subject, science is given the prominence it deserves at Belton Primary School and following the National Curriculum ensures coverage of knowledge and skills, along with a significant contribution to our overall curriculum intent for our learners. The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims 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
  • 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, built on a foundation of supporting knowledge.

Through Developing Experts and the teaching of science, children are encouraged to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the 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. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. We encourage the children to develop their understanding through the ‘Working Scientifically’ strand of the curriculum by using the Scientific Enquiry Superheroes: Superspy Olly, Superfair Girl, Commander Cassie Finder, Captain Pat, Supersearch Elgoog and Super Solutions Sam.

Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built on progressively, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by application through scientific enquiry often in real life contexts, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. We ensure that all pupils develop an extensive vocabulary enable them to express themselves clearly, make deeper connections between subjects, develop character, and open up opportunities in their next phase of education.

Our Science curriculum will provide our learners with a strong framework to enable them to make the most of the wonderful opportunities life can offer.  Many challenges that face our civilisation can be resolved with a pursuit of innovative, scientific solutions.  In an area rich in engineering and scientific industries, we want to make sure our learners are enthused about science and see this as a valuable and exciting career pathway. As a result, we look to foster strong STEM links within our curriculum.

Implementation

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. As a school we have decided to adopt Developing Experts, which encourages children to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond.

We have developed a two year rolling programme which covers our mixed - age classes.

Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;

  • Science will be taught, planned and arranged in topic blocks using the Developing Experts scheme of work, as well as adaptions by the class teacher. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge and ensures progression from EYFS to Year 6.
  • Through our planning, we involve problem-solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
  • We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
  • Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics. As the scheme has incorporated a range of science investigations in the planning, children are being taught the range of skills required for ‘working scientifically’ in addition to the knowledge coverage.
  • Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
  • Regular events, such as Science Week or whole school project days allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These events often involve families and the wider community.
  • Scientific superheroes are used to support the children with scientific enquiry and these are referred to by teachers and are on display in classrooms.

Impact

Children enjoy Science at our school.  The success of our curriculum will show pupils that:

 

-      Demonstrate a love of science work and an interest in further study and work in this field

-      Retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real life context.

-      Be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.

-      Be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and be able to reason scientifically using rich language linked to science. 

-      Work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.

-      Achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.

-      Our Year 6 pupils leave Belton ‘secondary ready’ and pupils moving throughout the primary years are facilitated to be as ‘transitionally ready’ as they can be.

-      Progress is monitored closely through pupils’ work scrutiny, planning monitoring and data analysis. Doing this throughout all years from EYFS-Year 6 means that the whole staff team is part of each child’s learning journey throughout their Primary education.

This, in turn, ensures that standards in Science lessons remain high and expectations of both pupil and staff performance are challenging year on year.

The successful approach to our Science curriculum through Developing Experts results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. 

Science News
3M STEM CHALLENGE
 
Well done to all our teams who entered the 3M Mighty Monument and AeroNautical Challenge. You were all superstars.
A special well done to Archie, Eden and Dylan of Team Aero Dudes for making it to the final and the presentation evening in June.
We welcomed the wonderful Alan Ames Birdman (www.birdmandisplays.com) to school last week. The children all learnt about a variety of Birds of Prey and their evolution, habitat and diet. The birds even flew around the hall - it was amazing! Alaska the Bald Eagle has even starred in some films.
Squirrels and Badgers children were inspired to find out more about these amazing birds by creating a double page spread. Great work all.
 
Have a look at Science week and Science in action in our school