Intent, Implementation and Impact of Science
At St Luke’s, we strive to provide our children with an engaging Science curriculum that gives all children the opportunity to work scientifically. Learning about the world around them allows our children to deepen their respect, care and appreciation for the natural world and make connections between scientific concepts and real life. Through our curriculum, we continue to encourage the enjoyment, passion and enthusiasm our children have for scientific learning and investigation.
- Support children as enquiry based learners, following the five keys lines of enquiry, which in turn deepens their scientific knowledge
- Ensure that children continue to build on and develop their scientific knowledge, including understanding and use of key vocabulary
- Enable children to confidently apply their knowledge to the world around them
- Raise the profile of Science and promote its value to the children, parents and staff
Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following:
- Clear topic content which has been refined to ensure children are building on previous learning to gain a deeper understanding
- Lessons have a clear knowledge focus with a working scientifically skill embedded
- Unit vocabulary is taught explicitly and use of the correct terminology is encouraged in every Science and cross curricular lesson
- Existing knowledge is assessed at the beginning of each topic to ensure any gaps in knowledge will be covered
- Science lessons are as practical as possible to facilitate enquiry based learning whilst continuing to encourage their love of Science
- Cross curricular links are made, particularly with reading and writing.
- Events such as British Science Week and World Space Week provide a broader provision. Children are encouraged to ask questions and find their own answers
- Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum
- Opportunities to learn at home with families and consolidate understanding of knowledge and enquiry which is celebrated at school and raises the profile of Science
Our approach at St Luke’s allows children to build on their knowledge as they progress through the school making connections with their previous learning and the world around them. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and locals, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All children have extensive opportunities to develop their enquiry skills and have the confidence to asking probing questions which they investigate independently. They are engaged, passionate and enthusiastic about the subject which they take with them as they progress through their education.
St Luke's Science Award
St Luke's Science Award is well underway now and children are enjoying completing the first experiment. The award comprises of 5 Science experiments to investigate at home with parents with a short explanation sheet to complete. This is set via Google Classrooms each half term and celebrated in our Friday assembly. Please ask Miss Burns if you have any questions.
Innovations for the Future
As past of British Science Week each class took part in a variety of investigations and experiments around the theme of ‘Innovation for the Future’. We made links with various Scientists and parents, who discussed their careers in Science and even provided some Zoom workshop sessions. We found out what inspired them to become scientists.
The children also had opportunities to see scientific equipment from a high school, industrial science equipment in professional science laboratory and have a virtual tour of a water treatment works. These are things that the children would normally not have access too. The children also had live question and answer sessions from scientists in the pharmaceutical, nuclear and industrial sectors.
All classes took part in space week across the school. Children made links to their prior learning and had opportunities to look at people who have travelled to space, the planets in space and how one day we may be able to visit space.
Dr Trevor Davies from INEOS
Massive thankyou to Dr Davies for this amazing science day. Each class has a hands on workshop with practical investigations and experiments.
Year 6 did an investigation involving pendulums and measuring their swing
Years 5 and 4 looked at measuring the speed of sound using milk bottles and also looked at waves using a simulation took in the computers
Years 3 and 2 looked at chemical engineering through separating a mixture of salt sand and iron filings
Year 1 and Reception looked at tornadoes in a bottle and making crystals
WHAT A FANTASIC DAY OF SCIENCE!
Who needs Dr Brian Cox when we have Dr Davies!