At St. Nicolas', we intend that all children recognise the importance of science in everyday life and aim for them to develop curiosity about their surroundings. We encourage them to ask questions and become independent learners through their investigations of possible answers. The science curriculum allows the children to acquire and develop specific knowledge and skills through practical experiences, building on prior knowledge, whilst promoting respect for the world around them.
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. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves adapting planning to suit additional needs. We plan for problem solving and real life scenarios so that children are encouraged to ask their own questions and given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. Teachers ensure that full coverage of The 2014 National Curriculum is in place for Years 1 to 6 and Understanding of the World in EYFS, building upon the learning and skill development of the previous years, which is checked at the beginning of a topic to allow teachers to identify any misconceptions that need addressing. 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. Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Children’s understanding of their surroundings is developed by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts visiting the school or trips linked to their work in science. Through enrichment experiences, such as 'The Big Science Event', we promote the profile of Science and allow time for the children to freely explore scientific topics.
The successful approach to the teaching of science at St. Nicolas School results in a fun, engaging, high quality science education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world they can take with them once they complete their primary education. As the children develop their understanding of how science has changed our lives and how vital it is to the world’s future prosperity, they are continuously developing STEM-related ideas for their future careers. Through questioning of pupils’ views and attitudes towards science, pupil voice is used to further develop the science curriculum, to assess the children’s enjoyment of science, and to motivate learners.