At Marden Vale C of E Academy, it is our intention that children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national, and global level. Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena through the disciplines of chemistry, physics and biology. We aim to stimulate a children’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do.
The objectives of teaching science are to enable children to do the following:
- ask and answer scientific questions;
- plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment correctly;
- know and understand the life processes of living things;
- know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound, and natural forces;
- know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth;
- evaluate evidence and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.
At Marden Vale C of E Academy, we use a practical, child-led and inquiry-based approach to science. Wherever possible, science is taught through practical and hands on activities with children enjoying learning through exploration and questioning; they have the opportunity to use good quality resources and ‘real’ science equipment. Each lesson should have some practical element, whether as a game, demonstration, investigation or challenge. Most notably, we use 3 types of WOW lesson: challenge, explore and demo and discuss. Each science topic includes at least two different WOW lessons.
In EYFS, science is taught at appropriate times through the year when learning opportunities arise dependent on other curriculum areas being taught and children’s interests. This is accomplished through play and exploration of the world around the children. It is heavily based on storytelling and role-play.
All children are given the opportunity to carry out more formal investigations (comparative or fair tests) every year. In KS1, investigations are planned by the teachers, but carried out by the children. By the time they reach UKS2 these investigations are modelled by teachers but planned by children.
All teaching follows the National Curriculum and Development Matters for Science. All teaching ensures that progression is made from previous learning where appropriate so children can make links and deepen their understanding of the area of the curriculum being taught.
At Marden Vale C of E Academy, you see the following:
- Children building on previously learned language and using it to help with their understanding of new concepts and vocabulary.
- The school’s science progression document being followed to ensure children are building on previously learnt knowledge.
- Teachers assessing children through questioning during lessons.
- Entry and exit quizzes being used to assess children’s entry and exit knowledge which then inform teacher assessment.
- Children discussing and sharing their views on and about science and the impact it has on them and the world around them.
- Children working collaboratively and practically to investigate the world around them.