At Portfields Primary School, we believe that good teaching of Science offers pupils the opportunity to access a wealth of knowledge and information which contributes to a secure understanding of how and why things work like they do. Science explains the mechanics and reasoning behind the daily function of complex systems, including the human body. Through secure teaching, pupils will use this knowledge to aid their understanding of new concepts, make well-informed decisions and pursue new interests. Science provides visible proof of many facts pupils read about in books or see on the television; this helps to increase their understanding and helps pupils retain that information.
At Portfields Primary School, we believe these principles underpin good teaching and learning in the Science curriculum.
Teachers have secure subject knowledge for their year group and how it fits in to a whole school overview. Teachers plan experiments and practical activities well, which enhances and extends children’s learning. Teachers and children are confident in using scientific vocabulary. Full use is made of the outside area where appropriate.
Pupils are inquisitive and independent learners. They are encouraged to follow their own line of enquiry, by participating in child initiated experiments. They ask their own questions and select tools and equipment to conduct their experiments. Pupils are involved in practical activities to help consolidate or introduce their learning to a topic or unit of work. They are encouraged to research ideas and theories in order to explain results of their experiments or to extend their learning.
The Scientific content across the school allows children to progress in their learning and understanding.
Year 1: Animals, including humans, Everyday materials, Plants, Seasonal changes.
Year 2: Living things and their habitats, Plants, Animals, including humans, Uses of everyday materials.
Year 3: Forces and magnets, Rocks, Light, Plants, Animals and Humans
Year 4: Living things and their habitats, Animals, including humans, Sound, Electricity, States of matter.
Year 5: Living things and their habitats, Earth and Space, Animals, including humans, Properties and changes of materials, Forces.
Year 6: Living things and their habitats, Light, Evolution and inheritance, Animals, including humans, Electricity.