Science: Led by Miss McCullagh, Mrs Pablos & Mrs Trevor
Science at Newdale Primary is taught through the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, all under the umbrella heading of Science. We aim to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity and enable pupils to rationally explain their understanding by creating a good grasp of key Scientific knowledge and concepts.
Children are taught how to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
We are passionate about teaching and nurturing high quality working scientifically skills and this firmly lies at the core of all our Science teaching. High level investigative activities are carefully planned in throughout our units of work to allow for a curriculum that is rich in hands on practical explorations.
Why we teach science
Children are encouraged to be ‘scientists’ right from Early Years through to Upper Key Stage Two and beyond. All children will experience the Working Scientifically skills at varying levels depending on their age and ability. The following elements will be taught throughout:
Knowledge – Children are taught and learn key facts linked to the three scientific strands that they study. Children are expected to learn about key scientists and their impact on scientific findings.
Working Scientifically– children are directly taught a variety of key scientific skills such as: asking questions, sorting and classifying, concluding, recording results.
Working Scientifically – This strand from the National Curriculum focuses on the use of scientific skills that children will use when studying each unit of work. It includes:
- ideas and evidence
- Investigative skills
- Obtaining and presenting evidence
- Considering evidence and evaluating
Science trips are a firm favourite at Newdale. Investigating Science off site allows us to explore a wider variety of resources and the world around us. We regularly attend various sites to ignite children’s awe and wonder in Science. Newdale Pupils have recently taken part in a number of Science Visits such as: The Science Museum, London, Enginuity, The National Sealife Centre, Chester Zoo, Think Tank Museum Birmingham and Landrover Jaguar, Wolverhampton.