At St Helen’s Primary School we offer a curriculum which is designed to allow the children to build on the knowledge, skills and vocabulary learnt each year and apply them in different contexts. Our Science Principles show our vision for Science in our school.
Aims and Objectives:
At St Helen’s Primary School, we have tailored our Science Curriculum around the aims of the National Curriculum to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At St Helen’s our curriculum is designed to offer a structure and sequence of lessons, during which the children build on the knowledge, skills and vocabulary they have learnt previously and have opportunities to apply them in different contexts. Our science teaching begins in EYFS where children develop an understanding of the world around them and begin to ask questions. It is our intention to deliver lessons which have a knowledge and skills objective and which use different types of scientific enquiries, to engage the pupils to ask their own questions and carry out investigations to find the answers. We recognise the importance of science in daily life and we intend to make science lessons accessible to all.
At St Helen’s science is taught as a discrete subject which has non-negotiable skills for each year group, providing continuity and progression linked to the National Curriculum. Cross- curricular links are made to other subjects where possible, particularly Maths and English. We use dual objective planning whereby each lesson has both knowledge and skills objectives and progression documents ensure that pupils build on prior knowledge when topics are covered again in subsequent year groups. To enhance our science curriculum, we encourage visits and visitors to school and participate in the Children Challenging Industry project annually. To further engage the children we participate in British Science Week each year and within our planning we include WOW starters or Fabulous Finishers.
Pupils will have opportunities to generate questions, using scientific vocabulary and carry out investigations in each science topic they cover. They will undertake different types of scientific enquiry which will help them begin to answer scientific questions about the world they live in. The impact of our science curriculum will be monitored by a range of activities including pupil voice, work scrutinies and observations. Pupils will leave St Helen’s with the necessary scientific knowledge needed for their age and will be ready for their transition to secondary school and beyond.
Year 4 Oyster Restoration workshop
Our year four children have loved taking part in an Oyster Restoration workshop with the Tees River Trust.
The workshop consisted of six main parts and involved a range of scientific skills and enquiry.
- Introductions and a little info about the Tees Rivers Trust and our work and learning why oysters are so amazing.
- Oyster monitoring - meeting some of our live oysters and practicing some of the monitoring skills we use in the field.
- Water quality testing - using special testing kits to check how suitable our water is for oyster restoration.
- Biodiversity monitoring - learning how oysters provide habitats for other creatures and assessing which animals are present on our oysters.
- Discovering some of the other species of animal which live around our local coasts and identifying them using field guides.
- Rockpool tank show and tell - meet some of the critters we've found at Hartlepool Headland and tell us what you know about them.
Year 6 visit to the Planetarium
Year 6 have visited the planetarium recently at St Hild's School. They learnt about light and looked at the different constellations.
Year 4 Magnets Investigation
In year 4, children carried out an investigation to determine which was the strongest magnets by attaching paper clips to each one.
Year 6 Challenging Industry