At the Rosary, science involves asking questions, probing for answers, conducting first-hand experiments and collecting data. We aim to engage the children in the investigative nature of science, so that it becomes a way of thinking and trying to understand the world around them, not just the memorisation of facts. In Key Stages 1 and 2, Science is currently taught discretely, following the new Science Curriculum
In the Foundation Stage, pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They use trial and error to try to explain the things around them, using 'every day' explanations.
Key Stage 1
Pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables, with the help of ICT, when appropriate.
Key Stage 2
Pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena. They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment, and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and ICT to communicate their ideas.
British Science Week 2019
This year, we celebrated British Science Week as a whole school. The theme given was ‘Journeys’; the children were introduced to the theme in an assembly kicking off the week and were given some ideas as to what this theme could invole in the world of science. In classes the teachers planned and delivered science lessons which were fun and practical to really give the children opportunities to develop their scientific enquiry skills. We were fortunate, to have two visitors in school to deliver workshops during the week. Nursery and Reception had a visit from the Animal Man, who bought in an assortment of animals for the children to see; Years 1-6 had a visit from Dr Matt (Science Magic Shows) who delivered a ‘Wonder Workers’ workshop demonstrating and explaining various scientific concepts related to the theme, and in particular, ‘Space’.