Intent, Implementation and Impact of Science at
St Luke's Catholic Primary School
At St. Luke's we strive to provide our children with our engaging Science curriculum and encourage our children to work scientifically. Through science pupils at St. Luke’s Catholic Primary School continue to deepen their respect, care and appreciation for the natural world and all its phenomena.
- To develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life
- To build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world
- To use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science
At St Luke’s, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
Teachers strive to create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of answering difficult questions. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
- Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, to have a project-based approach making cross curricular links where appropriate.
- Giving problem solving opportunities to children that allow them to apply their knowledge, and find out answers for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers.
- We build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years.
- The grouping of pupils for practical activities take account their strengths and weaknesses and ensure that all take an active part in the task and gain in confidence.
- Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching.
- Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
- Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum.
- Regular events, such as Science Week or project days allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.
This approach results in a fun, engaging science education that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the science curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and locals, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association/ Frodsham Windfarm (Peel Group) Coram Life Education, Ineos and Network Rail and work with professionals, ensuring that children have access to positive role models within the field of science from the immediate and wider local community. From this exposure to a range of different scientists from various backgrounds, all children feel they are scientists and capable of achieving.
Innovations for the Future
As past of British Science Week each class took part in a variety of investigations and experiments around the theme of ‘Innovation for the Future’. We made links with various Scientists and parents, who discussed their careers in Science and even provided some Zoom workshop sessions. We found out what inspired them to become scientists.
The children also had opportunities to see scientific equipment from a high school, industrial science equipment in professional science laboratory and have a virtual tour of a water treatment works. These are things that the children would normally not have access too. The children also had live question and answer sessions from scientists in the pharmaceutical, nuclear and industrial sectors.
All classes took part in space week across the school. Children made links to their prior learning and had opportunities to look at people who have travelled to space, the planets in space and how one day we may be able to visit space.
Dr Trevor Davies from INEOS
Massive thankyou to Dr Davies for this amazing science day. Each class has a hands on workshop with practical investigations and experiments.
Year 6 did an investigation involving pendulums and measuring their swing
Years 5 and 4 looked at measuring the speed of sound using milk bottles and also looked at waves using a simulation took in the computers
Years 3 and 2 looked at chemical engineering through separating a mixture of salt sand and iron filings
Year 1 and Reception looked at tornadoes in a bottle and making crystals
WHAT A FANTASIC DAY OF SCIENCE!
Who needs Dr Brian Cox when we have Dr Davies!
Thank you to Nuclear Naz and Turbo Tom for our Science Assembly. As a result we have created a Science Club for the whole school, we have lots of interest in this with pupils from Reception to Year 5 attending.