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Science

First hand experiences are one of the most powerful learning tools we have available to us as teachers.

Our science curriculum uses this approach to inspire, guide and motivate pupils to achieve their best, have an enquiring mind and develop their scientific knowledge of the world around them.

Science at All Saints helps foster the awe and wonder of the natural phenomena of the world around us, and allow us to fully appreciate the complexity of God’s creation.

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British Science Week 2018: Exploration and Discovery

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There has been such a buzz around school this week and such a tangible feel of exploration and discovery.  This afternoon, we gathered together in assembly to share in each other’s scientific adventures and to present our ‘super scientist’ awards.  To launch our ‘celebration of science’ assembly, Miss Thomas, our Science Lead and enthusiast, shared some very apt words spoken by Professor Stephen Hawking, who sadly passed away during this British Science week. 

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.  Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.  Be curious.  And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.  It matters that you don’t just give up”.

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Through a week filled with scientific exploration and discovery – with opportunities to explore science based careers and partake in all kinds of explorative adventures, it has been our mission to inspire a love of and interest in science.  After listening to the children’s presentations and seeing the bubble of excitement in the hall, we felt a sense of mission accomplished.  With our on-going science work in school, we look forward to further developing those skills of curiosity, self-discovery, exploration and wonder.  Please keep an eye out for our new Science page coming soon!

Thank you to the team for leading such an inspiring week.  Our Year 3 ocean based topic has seen the children exploring how sharks swim and how submarines work.  Our Year 4 children, based in the artic, have been considering how best they would survive – investigating foods with the most energy (involving burning experiments!) and investigation of best sledges to travel the snow and ice!  Year 5, out in the Sahara, have explored how dirty water can be made clean, how ice-cream can be kept cold and more burning has also been a key feature!  Year 6, up in the mountains, have explored air pressure – investigating what happens to different foods under low and high pressure.  And of course - burning has remained a key highlight with the children exploring best foods for hikers to take on expedition. 

Wow – what a week!

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Problem Solving

At All Saints, it is part of our curriculum mission that children become active agents of their own learning.  Our problem solving approach to scientific enquiry is just one example of this.  Led by a rich, open question, that fosters curiosity and new learning, our children use the triangular method to plan their scientific lines of enquiry.

This method involves children being immersed in a science topic story where children are taught ideas and skills which they embed and apply through problem solving and critical thinking.  Our ‘science stories’ are shared through chapter planning – always ensuring that our chosen questions stimulate natural curiosity and the ability to ‘puzzle out’ as the children think and solve.  

The triangular diagram features three variables central to scientific enquiry: same, change, measure.  What stays the same?  What will we change?  What will we measure?  Led by an overarching investigation question, following the teaching of key skills, our children are encouraged to create their own lines of enquiry – recorded as a focused question within the triangle.  The triangular diagram can also be used to form a table of results – tying together their enquiry, analysis and interpretation.  Other recording systems include concept cartoons, sketch graphs, diagrams, annotated doodles, observation notes and reasoning questions.

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Long Term Study

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Many of the challenges facing humanity now and in the future are about humans affecting the environment. Therefore, pupils in Lower Key stage 2 are given the opportunity to think about the environment in which they live, experience the slow and subtle changes as the seasons go by and see that nature changes as a result of what we do. By exploring their own environment they develop an appreciation of the importance of the planet.

Currently, our Year 4 classes have been investigating the question ‘How does the flora and fauna of the pond area change throughout the year?’. Within this study, they have been exploring the variations of weather, observing the changes in vegetation and monitoring the abundance of wildlife. At the end of the academic year, they are hoping to report back to the governors to advise on whether the pond should be developed.  

Since starting the study, the children have developed a greater sense of awareness and respect for their world.

Curriculum Aims

  • Foster natural curiosity in children and develop their ability to ask and answer important questions. 
  • Enhance their community spirit through a deep understanding of their local environment. 
  • Allow EVERY child to experience genuine awe and wonder about the world around them and appreciate natural phenomena. 
  • Ensure children enjoy working scientifically and logical exploring unknown ideas. 
  • Foster perseverance and determination when developing their enquiry and problem solving skills. 
  • Encourage children to think critically in order to continually excel themselves. 

The Planned Curriculum

At All Saints, our planned curriculum places children’s need to ask and answer questions that motivate and inspire them at its core. Through careful consideration of a clear and defined purpose behind each question, children will have the opportunity to develop their scientific abilities, problem solving and mastery of concepts. 

Children will have opportunities to explore science in action, to witness natural phenomena for themselves and develop different ways in which they can discover this in a way that is meaningful to them. 

Children in lower KS2 will observe changes that happen in the environment throughout the year through Long Term Studies. 

Children will equip themselves with the necessary thinking skills and approaches needed to predict, design, carry out and evaluate investigations of different types and be able to take this forward and apply it to different areas of their learning. 

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