As Scientists, we promote a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promote respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout their school career so that they can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments, explain concepts confidently, continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. Our children will understand what it means to be a Scientist and how Scientists play a part in our day-to-day life.
Children will be taught using a broad and balanced curriculum which shows clear progression as they move through our school.
Teachers create a positive attitude toward being a Scientist and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of making great progress. Our whole school approach to being a Scientist involves the following:
- Science will be taught in planned blocks by the class teacher which will have an enquiry-based approach. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
- Through our planning, we involve problem-solving opportunities that allow children to explore for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons starting with an immersive experience. They are then taught the skills and knowledge needed. Our scientists then have the opportunity to practice these new skills through a practical application. Towards the end of the enquiry, children are given a challenge that they complete independently.
- We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years.
- Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding.
This successful approach at Sea Mills Primary results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world.
Today, we had a hands on learning experience dissecting pig and sheep hearts. We have been learning all about the cardiovascular system. We were able to identify the different chambers of the heart as well as the arteries that flow from the heart. It was clear to see the structure of the heart. It was interesting to see how much bigger the pigs heart was than the sheep. It also had a lot more fat around it. The children really enjoyed this experience and cant wait to do something similar soon!
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