'The important thing is to never stop questioning' - Albert Einstein
In Science our children are given opportunities to ask questions, explore and investigate their world, helping them to acquire scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. Their investigations and experiences enable them to plan, predict, hypothesise, observe, measure and draw conclusions. Through science they can experience the challenge and excitement of discovery. The children also have the opportunity to use ICT for research and the presentation of data. We have a variety of excellent resources within school closely tailored to our curriculum.
Our Curriculum Statement outlines our INTENT, how we will IMPLEMENT our curriculum and what IMPACT this will have on our Scientists at Chapelford Village Primary School.
Our Working walls not only showcase the amazing work that we do, but enable us to review the content of what we are learning. We are able to update our vocabulary as we move through our topics and enhance our learning by referencing what is on the working wall in our lessons.
As Scientists we harness our Scientific Skills:
Planning, communication & sources
Observing & recording
Enquiring, testing, obtaining and presenting evidence
Considering evidence and evaluating
At Chapelford, we encourage the use floor books as a strategy for developing, recording and assessing the children's understanding of scientific concepts and practical science skills. We believe working as a group of 3 children of mixed ability per floor book encourages our children to work cooperatively, providing an inclusive approach and modelling the collaborative nature of science with a focus on developing the children's ideas, thinking and reasoning skills.
Our floor books contain a balanced mix of children's individual pieces with collaborative practical recordings and will also consist of photographs, children's comments, drawings, tables, graphs, annotated diagrams, classification keys and writing.
Further benefits of floor books in Science:
- Provide an insight into how children are working scientifically.
- Provide evidence of all types of scientific enquiry.
- Support teachers' assessment.
- Promote collaboration and group work in science.
- Motivate children.
- Provide evidence of high-quality science teaching.
- Celebrate each other's learning.
- Help support children who can explain their thinking orally but who are more reluctant writers.
Click on the Twitter icon below to see what some of the Science work we have been doing at Chapelford!
Science weeks at Chapelford are always a favourite and something all our children really look forward to as it is a chance for the children to broaden their knowledge of science within and outside of the curriculum, relate this to current, real-life issues, as well as developing cross-curricular opportunities and further develop their love for the subject as we provide exciting and engaging visits. In previous years, our themes have included:
- Extraordinary Earth, a focus on physics: how a meteorite caused a huge surprise.
- Understanding the impact of plastic on our planet and within our oceans.
- Exploring the diversity of science across our planet, including the diversity of science careers.
We have collated the highlights in our flipbook below - we really can't wait to see what we do next!