Science

Science at St John Fisher Primary School
2020 - 2021


Intent


At St John Fisher Primary School, we believe that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
We will inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to pursue their natural curiosity; promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, to ensure a continually evolving knowledge and understanding of the world around them. 
In a safe environment, our children will develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information.
During their time at St John Fisher, we aim to equip children with the knowledge required to use and implement science today, tomorrow and for their futures. 


Implementation


At St. John Fisher we use PLAN assessment documents and TAPS to support our planning and ensure progression in knowledge, concepts and scientific enquiry skills. 
Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science teaching at St John Fisher Primary involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Science is taught each week and in addition to this, we have 2 science weeks per year. Where possible, our lessons are linked to class topics but are also taught discretely to ensure full coverage. 
Teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events, their own teaching style, the use of any support staff and the resources available. 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.
•    Build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry-based learners. 
•    Extend our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
•    Encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and develop the skills of investigation.
•    Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques
•    Use computing in investigating and recording - children will access resources to acquire learning through science equipment, digital technology, practical experiences and photographs.
•    Develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety.
•    Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.

 

 Impact


The successful approach at St John Fisher Primary results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
•    A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
•    A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
•    Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
•    Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.
•    High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.

Using TAPS assessments each half term enables staff to assess children’s independence and progress in working scientifically skills. These assessments are used to inform future planning and ensure the progression of these skills through the key stages
 

 

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Contact the School

St John Fisher Primary School

Edward Street,
Widnes,
Cheshire,
WA8 0BW

Main Contact: Office Manager Margaret Hassett

Tel: 0151 424 7794
sec.stjohnfisher@halton.gov.uk