Wyndham’s approach to Science:
We aim to deliver an engaging and high quality Science education to help children gain an understanding of Science today and the future, developing a range of transferable skills through scientific enquiry.
Our intention is to ensure pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement, passion and curiosity in Science when undertaking scientific investigations, in order to understand how science can be used to explain what is happening, make predictions and analyse causes.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. One week per academic year is dedicated solely to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), during this week lessons are planned with a focus upon fun and hands-on activities. The children learn about STEM through fascinating, entertaining and engaging activities and events across the school. Visitors from STEM based roles are invited to come into school to work with the children to share their expertise with the children, parents/ carers and staff. This provides a hands on and engaging environment.
Wyndham also works hard to incorporate Science into all parts of school life throughout the academic year. Where possible, the school takes part in Science based projects and Science is implemented and delivered through other subjects when the opportunity arises.
Local resources are used to support our Science curriculum, enhance the children’s learning experience and to stimulate the children’s interest. Outdoor spaces are used, educational visits are encouraged. Examples include: visiting exhibits in the Great North Museum, the Discovery Museum and engaging in other workshops and activities. Wyndham work alongside staff from Kenton School Science department to organise workshops for the children. In addition links are being developed to work alongside Science teachers at Kenton to provide CPD, share equipment and ease the transition from KS1-KS2.
Within the Early Years there are seven areas of learning where the theme of investigation and talking about what can be discovered run throughout, the children are encouraged to investigate what they have seen/discovered. Specifically pupils work through objectives within the ‘Understanding the world’ area of learning where they learn to explore and look after their environment.
Key stage 1
In Key Stage 1 Science is taught once each week and learning takes place about through the use of first-hand practical experiences supported by appropriate secondary sources. The children are encouraged to develop their own appreciation of scientific ideas by answering their own questions, observing changes over time, grouping and classifying things and carrying out simple tests. Children are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. The children are encouraged to begin to use scientific language to talk about what they have found.
Key Stage 2
Science is taught one lesson per week for a full afternoon allowing greater depth of learning and more time for scientific investigation. The focus of teaching Science is to enable pupils to broaden their scientific view of the world around them and to develop a deeper understanding of the scientific skills needed. Within Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to design their own investigations, they should ask their own questions about what they observe and then select the most appropriate ways to answer these questions. Children are also encouraged to use scientific vocabulary; firstly to discuss what they have discovered and then later to write about what they have found out.