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Catholic Primary School

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Science

“The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.”

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At St Lawrence Catholic Primary School, the intent of our science curriculum is to ensure all children leave the school with a secure foundation of scientific knowledge and practical skills. This understanding will help to ensure all children have the ability to be successful in any potential future learning and enjoyment in the scientific field. We want our children to be determined, enthusiastic and motivated about science learning.  We nurture the natural curiosity of our children during science lessons, enabling them to become independent in thought and actions and encouraging them to develop self-motivation and a life-long love of science learning. 

We believe that science stimulates and excites children's curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge. This is because science links direct practical experience with ideas and it can engage learners at many levels. We believe that science will lead to a better understanding of ourselves and the world. It provides opportunities to appreciate scientific facts and concepts and to experience scientific discovery. Science is a crucial subject to expand curious minds. St Lawrence Catholic Primary School is a member of the Association for Science Education. Our primary science curriculum provides a useful starting point for teachers in planning and developing science lessons.

 

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. We plan to ensure full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

 

 

We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:

  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
  • Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
  • Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigations including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
  • Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
  • Make links between science and other subjects.

 

Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.

The successful approach to the teaching of Science at St Lawrence Catholic Primary School results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world.Teaching staff use a wide range of formative assessment tools during lessons to judge the impact that the teaching of science is having on the children's learning. 

 

 

The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is an award scheme to celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. St Lawrence Catholic Primary School is very excited to be working towards the PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark).  Through staff and pupil questionnaires, our starting points have been established and a range of activities and strategies are being implemented to ensure that learners remain enthused and inspired by science as well as challenged and resilient.

 

Here are some useful websites if you would like to continue your child’s science learning at home:

 

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