Science & Science Mark
What We Teach
Science is a core subject of the National Curriculum. It enables children to understand the world in which they live. At Our Lady of Lourdes, we aim to harness the natural curiosity all children possess, to develop enquiring minds and a systematic approach to problem solving. At every key stage children learn about the world around them and how they can care for it. They learn about themselves and their bodies and how they can keep themselves fit and well. The three areas of Science: biology, chemistry and physics are taught within themes such as 'Life and Living processes', 'Physical Processes' and 'Materials and their Properties'.
How We Teach
We approach the teaching of Science in a fun and interactive way, promoting the enjoyment that can be had from experimenting, investigating and discovering. An important focus is on helping children to plan and carry out their own investigations and evaluating other investigations, promoting independent skills to work scientifically.
Every classroom has a science display showing the working scientifically skills every child is developing. At least one of these skills is applied to each lesson, so the children can understand what skills they are developing and improving.
What We Develop
Children will be taught to work scientifically through each topic. From EYFS to Upper Key Stage 2 we stimulate and cultivate the scientific development of all our children by looking at 9 key skills.
- Scientific Enquiry: We develop how the children make predictions: they use reasoning and evidence based on the knowledge taught and the enquiry skills developed at school. We allow our children to ask their own questions about the world around them and teach them the skills to try and answer their questions themselves.
- Observing and Measuring: We develop how the children make systematic and careful observations of objects, living things and events and, consequently, how they measure their findings.
- Use of Equipment: We allow every child the opportunity to work with a range of scientific equipment, and enable them to independently record their findings. We teach the children to explore the world around them using scientific equipment to help them unlock some of the world’s mysteries.
- Comparing, Investigating and Exploring: Children develop their scientific insight by setting up tests that allow them to compare results, investigate their enquiries and explore their understanding. All children are taught the importance of fair testing, and apply these principles to all investigations.
- Seeking Answers: Children’s skills to work scientifically are harnessed by teaching them how to collect information and data, analyse what their results mean and present their findings in different ways. We develop the children’s skills of identifying patterns and relationships in their findings.
- Identifying, Categorising, Classifying and Grouping: Children learn to identifying differences, similarities or changes related to scientific ideas and processes. Children are encouraged to independently show these skills by leading their own classifications.
- Reporting: Our children report their findings from enquiries, through oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions. They develop their use of scientific language to discuss ideas and communicate findings in ways appropriate for different audiences.
- Draw Conclusions: We teach and develop how they use their results to draw conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements in experiments and raise further questions. We teach them how to look for changes, patterns, similarities and differences in data in order to draw conclusions and answer questions.
- Use Evidence: Our children use scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables. They can recognise when and how secondary sources might help to answer questions that cannot be answered through practical investigations.
Core Subject: Putting it into Practice
We promote Science across our school. Every child is given the opportunity to explore their skills to work scientifically within the classroom and out of it. We promote a love of Science through yearly Space Weeks and Science Days: Science is also taught through English, History, Computing, Maths, Music and Art. The children develop their scientific skills and understanding in a range of practices. Yearly competitions encourage children across the school to foster their love of Science both at school and at home.
Whole school assemblies and visitors inspire our children’s curiosity in a range of science topics. In recent years we have been visited by Wonderstruck (who taught all the children about rockets), Birdman (who taught all the children about animals, environment and classification), Professor Bubble Works (who shared a wide range of experiments) and Mother Nature Science (who taught the children about real life superheroes and forces). The scientific experiences the children engage with during these assemblies and workshops are cherished by our children and praised by our parents.
We have partnered with Mother Nature Science to create a weekly Science club from Reception to Year 6. This has been highly popular and has allowed our children the opportunity to develop their wider knowledge and scientific skills. We also have developed our relationship with local schools in the wider community, which has allowed Years 3 to 6 to attend other assemblies and lessons in a range of science topics.
Our excellence in Science teaching was noted in 2016 when we received the Primary Science Quality Mark: Silver. We are reaccrediting ourselves in 2020/21.