Belong, Believe, Achieve
In our school, we use the Rising Stars Switched on Science scheme of work to allow children to explore scientific ideas through hands on learning. The curriculum teaches a wide range of areas throughout the years.
Children in year 1 will learn about Who am I? - my body, my senses, celebrations - our celebration of light, our celebration of music and our celebration of food, seasonal on safari - minibeasts, bugs or invertebrates, comparing ourselves and invertebrates, polar places - the expedition, polar animals and food, plants and animals where we live - our local area, birds and animals, holiday - get packed, by the seaside and protect the environment.
In year 2, children learn how we grow and stay healthy, how animals grow and survive, the different habitats of animals, the uses of materials and how plants grow.
Children learn about health and nutrition, how animals move, the different skeletons animals have, forces and magnets, how light is reflected and forms shadows, plants and rocks.
In year 4, children learn about the different teeth and digestive systems of animals and humans, how electricity works, why different animals live in different habitats, how sound is produced and the different states of matter.
Year 5 learn about human and animal life cycles, earth and space, forces, irreversible and reversible changes and how to test the properties of different materials.
In year 6, they learn about exercise, health and the circulatory system, electricity, how light travels, how animals are classified and how animals and humans inherit features from their parents.
The curriculum also provides the opportunity to develop a wide range of scientific enquiry skills.
Scientific enquiry is important as these help children to develop their skills in questioning, classification, communicating, measuring, predicting and inferring. These skills are not only important in science but across the school curriculum.
Currently, science is teacher assessed. This means pupils carry out an investigation or a research report about the topic they have been studying that the class teacher then assesses. The class teacher then updates their objectives grid for the topic using a green, amber and red grading system. This allows teachers to identify students who are excelling in science and those who would benefit from additional support.
WATCH THIS SPACE!
The children taking part in STEM club will be completing their CREST superstar award. This is award by the British Science Association, who developed the CREST award to provide science enrichment opportunities for children. CREST gives students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion.