Our pupils come to us with a wide variety of experiences of the world around them and it is our job to build upon and enhance these experiences and help them to make sense of them through developing their scientific knowledge and skills.
We follow the National Curriculum for science at St Patrick's. You can view the programme of study by clicking the link below:
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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At St Patrick's, we have broken down the National Curriculum objectives into smaller steps that build children's knowledge and vocabulary over time. Where the National Curriculum gives schools choices, we have specified exactly which choices we have made and made these choices to suit the needs of our children. If you would like a copy of this more-detailed information for your child's class, please contact the school office.
Knowledge is important at St Patrick's: we revisit previous learning and use quizzes and other retrieval activities regularly to ensure children do not forget what they have learned. This also allows teachers to assess children's progress.
Knowledge is more than just a collection of facts to be memorised, however, but a rich web of connected ideas that children need to make sense of. We develop children's knowledge using a wide range of activities: 'hands on' exploration; questions and discussion; experiments and enquiries; teacher demonstrations; videos; books and articles and art work. We finish each topic with an elaboration activity where children apply their new learning to a project in a different subject area such as English, Art or Design Technology.
Another important part of science is 'Working Scientifically', which means thinking and working like scientists. We teach our children to: sort and classify; observe and measure; carry out tests; collect and handle data and communicate what they have found out.
Working with other Catholic schools in the area, we have detailed what each year group should be able to do in order to meet National Curriculum expectations for working scientifcally. This information can be found here.