At Stanley St Peter’s our main aim is to ‘Unlock Potential and Celebrate Success’ and we believe that science is a fundamental skill that will allow us to achieve that aim. We want all children – regardless of their background, ability or circumstances - to leave our school with a pleasure and enjoyment for science alongside lifelong skills that can help them be successful in education and their chosen careers.
What does science look like in our school?
Teachers use their subject knowledge and understanding of the skills progression to unlock pupils’ potential by…
- Ensuring all children are able to demonstrate progression within a lesson through appropriate challenge, questioning, feedback and engagement.
- Children have the opportunity to use a range of resources to allow them to explore, test and evaluate their ideas.
- Staff provide children the opportunity and guidance to be independent learners, they are encouraged to make mistakes and question ideas. Children lead their own activities through practical lessons.
- Staff expose children to a positive and supportive atmosphere where children have a desire to learn and are enthused and excited to learn.
- Collaborative learning is in place, allowing all children to develop their use of scientific language, questioning and thinking. The children display perseverance and can reflect on the skills they have learnt and their involvement in the lesson.
- Each child knows and understands the learning outcome and success criteria for each lesson and is able to explain how they can achieve these.
- Concept maps are used to show progression of knowledge and how misconceptions have been addressed.
- Progress is evident through a progression of skills throughout the year across the year groups. Concept maps are used to strengthen progression and addressing misconceptions throughout each unit.
- Scientific vocabulary is used and marked upon.
- Children have been given the opportunity to work scientifically through scientific experiments where a variety of statistical tasks have been used.
- Children are engaged in the lessons and understand the value of what they are learning. As a result of this, pupils are not deterred if they do not quickly establish an understanding, instead they are motivated to achieve the learning outcome by the end of the session. They understand that making mistakes is as much as a part of learning/discovery as is being successful.
- Enjoyment and enthusiasm are expressed when the children are in science lessons. They have a chance to work independently, with their partner and in small groups.
- Children are able to articulate and explain their reasoning, thought-process and strategies with confidence.