Science

 

Intent

Working scientifically

This concept involves learning the methodologies of the discipline of science.

 Biology

  • Understand plants

This concept involves becoming familiar with different types of plants, their structure and reproduction.

  • Understand animals and humans

This concept involves becoming familiar with different types of animals, humans and the life processes they share.

  • Investigate living things

This concept involves becoming familiar with a wider range of living things, including insects and understanding life processes.

  • Understand evolution and inheritance

This concept involves understanding that organisms come into existence, adapt, change and evolve and become extinct.

Chemistry

  • Investigate materials

This concept involves becoming familiar with a range of materials, their properties, uses and how they may be altered or changed.

Physics

Understand movement, forces and magnets

This concept involves understanding what causes motion.

         Understand the Earth’s movement in space

This concept involves understanding what causes seasonal changes, day and night.

         Investigate light and seeing

This concept involves understanding how light and reflection affect sight.

         Investigate sound and hearing

This concept involves understanding how sound is produced, how it travels and how it is heard.

        Understand electrical circuits

        This concept involves understanding circuits and their role in electrical applications.

 

Implementation

  • The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings. 
  • Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. 
  • Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
  • High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
  • The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
  • A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.

Impact

The successful approach to the teaching of science at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School will result in a fun, engaging, high quality science education. It will provide children with the foundations for understanding the world around them.

 Assessment is teacher based and formed using formal strategies (e.g. group assessment tasks, quizzes) and informal strategies (Use of concept maps, verbal/written outcomes, reflection tasks/presentations).