Science at St Gerard's
Science at St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School
"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 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."
Intent of Science at St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School:
The Science Curriculum at St Gerard's aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- develop an 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.
- to see the impact of Science in the modern world, considering where science could take them in the future, providing them with aspirations and dreams.
Implementation of Science at St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School:
To achieve this, teachers focus on ensuring that the teaching of Science is engaging and interesting, providing exciting opportunities to see Science in action! The curriculum has been designed to ensure that skills are taught thoroughy and progressively across the different year groups - knowledge is built upon to provide a real clarity of understanding as children move through the year groups. There is a strong focus on practical investigations and experiments that allow children the opportunity to predict, record and conclude. This is supported by regular STEM learning training for all staff, providing new and exciting ideas and resources to implement in science lessons. National and International Science events are celebrated regularly, including Science annual Science week events as well as International events such as 'World Space Day.' Opportunities are provided for specialist provision both internally and externally in the form of in-school visitors and trips and residential experiences.
Impact of Science at St Gerard's Catholic Primary and Nursery School:
At St Gerard's, we feel the voice of the child is intergral to creating a curriculum that engages all learners. Through regular pupil voice, we know that our children really enjoy Science and talk enthusiastically about the Science learning that takes place in class! They leave each year group with the vocabulary and Scientific skills that are necessary for them to progress into the next year. They leave our school with curious, questioning minds, with a passion for Science!
Please follow our Science journey through our Twitter Page: St Gerard's Twitter using the hashtag #StGerardsScience - we love to share our learning!
The following links provde some great opportunities to develop your children's scientific skills at home: