At Sea Mills Primary School, we understand that children are naturally curious and we encourage this inquisitive nature throughout their time with us and beyond. 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. W e 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. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. 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. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
- 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. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
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. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of being a Scientist lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association, Bristol University and learning from and working with professionals from a range of different scientific backgrounds. Children at Sea Mills Primary School overwhelmingly enjoy science and this results in motivated learners.
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