At Dalestorth, a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all of our pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
We will do all this by:
Developing the scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of our children through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Develop the children’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
Ensure our children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
How Science is taught at Dalestorth
Science is given plenty of time on our timetables at Dalestoth.
Where possible we do our best to ensure that our science topics are linked to other areas of the curriculum. We will either block our science teaching together and teach over a few consecutive lessons or we will teach an afternoon a week.
Every year we take part in a science week/day where we get to explore a range of of new and exciting topics. Take a look at our class pages to see what we have been up to.
We have recently updated our whole school curriculum planning. Though we still follow a 2 year rolling curriculum plan, we have altered it so that each year we cover three topics, rather than one per half term. This is enabling us to explore topics thoroughly, and spend time embedding our learning.
Within each 2 year cycle we will be covering all aspects of the science curriculum with a focus on Scientific enquiry and child led learning.
As our children progress through school they will be planning, carrying out, recording and evaluating a range of science experiments in a range of ways including the use of ICT where appropriate.
We will also be developing the children's skills in being able to ask questions and discover the answers. Science also helps our children to recognise that things don't always go to plan and mistakes are made. This is an integral part of learning.
I am pleased to inform parents and pupils that we have been awarded a silver award in science. This is a nationally recognisable award and shows the high standard of science teaching at Dalestorth Primary School.
The following is a quote from the director of the PSQM award.
“Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
As science coordinator I am incredibly proud of all the hard work and support that both the children and staff have given to science this year. Without their continued support we wouldn't have achieved the award. This has truly been a whole school effort.
To see a range of the hard work by the children this year, see the document below which played a big part in helping us to achieve the award.