Science and Technology
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan
At Abingdon Primary School our vision is to give children a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve this, it involves exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners.
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. At Abingdon Primary School we ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them.
- 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;
- be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future;
- develop the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge;
- Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts;
- 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.
Teaching and Learning
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 Abingdon Primary School involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. In order to give the greatest context to learning, where possible Science is linked to class topics. Science can be taught as discrete units and lessons when it is not possible to create these links in a meaningful way. Teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events and their own teaching style.
Science at Foundation Stage is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage the child to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world around them.
At Key Stage 1 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of ICT if it is appropriate.
At Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT to communicate their ideas.
Design Technology develops children’s knowledge and skills in food technology, electrical and mechanical products, textiles and 3D construction. Through a creative research, design, making and evaluation process, children learn the knowledge and skills necessary for creating a range of products which are fit for real life purpose. They are taught the importance of presenting projects with professionalism. A systematic and structured scheme of work ensures children complete a range of Technology projects in each school year.
“The important thing is to never stop questioning.”- Albert Einstein
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