Science

At GilbrookSchool we use an imaginative learning project in creative and interesting ways. We believe in a high quality science education,which provides the foundations for understanding the world through a balanced of mix biology, chemistry and physics. Teachers are able to adapt the science curriculum to suit the very different needs of the individual children in their class.

Science is used to engage and promote childrens learning, they are encouraged to engage in learning opportunities andactivities that are based on first hand experiences, encouraging investigative experiments, exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, critical thinking, decision making and discussion.

Through science, pupils build up a strong understanding of the world around them.  They develop their knowledge through our creative curriculum and our children are encouraged to recognise the power of explanation. They develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the world around them using both indoor and outdoor environments. A cross curricular approach is used to help maximise the children’s learning opportunities and experiences to enrich their whole holistic learning experience.

They are taught to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse data collected. The children are also able to use appropriate methods of recording information such as diagrams, writing, photographs and drawings to present their finding in both a scientific and creative way.

We strongly believe that children should be fully involved in helping to create the science curriculum to help empower their own learning, this in turn will allow them to take ownership of their own scientific progress.

Whilst we create our own very unique and resourceful curriculum that allows the children to explore and develop their scientific knowledge we are guided by the National Curriculum. This ensures that we have the correct science coverage and are teaching to national standards.

Aims

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • Pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

We use Cornerstones as a base for our science learning. This is a topic based learning programme that is utilised at both Key Stage One and Two. To ensure a full curriculum is delivered we carry out a gap analysis of the Cornerstones science subject.

We operate on a three year rolling programme to ensure coverage throughout the age groups.

To help monitor and assess the children’s progress throughout the three year rotation we use Key performance indicators. This allows us to ensure the children are reaching individual targets as well as whole class and year group targets.

Current KPI’s

  • I can spot and name a variety of common animals.
  • I can name and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.
  • I can explain how objects are made from some materials.
  • I can explain how seeds and bulbs grow into plants.
  • I can set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • I can explain what different parts of flowering plants do.
  • I can explain that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
  • I can record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • I can use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.
  • I can record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.