Our science leader is Miss J Alderson.
Our science link Governor is Mr D Cliffe.
To see what we teach and when, please see here:
Our full progression document, setting out skills, knowledge and vocabulary is here:
Further information about the science curriculum is available here:
Ideas for little scientists in the EYFS to explore at home!
Leader: Miss Alderson
Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
At Springvale Primary School, we want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them. Our curriculum has been developed by staff to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and to foster a sense of wonder about natural phenomena. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment. The intent of our Science curriculum is to provide all children with a range of working scientifically skills including questioning, researching and observing for ourselves. We strive to promote and celebrate these skills. We want our children to have a broad vocabulary. Scientific language is to be taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages. At Springvale, we aspire to promote children’s independence and for all children to take responsibility in their own learning. We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability with a broad and balanced science curriculum. During their time at Springvale Primary, we aim to equip children with the knowledge required to use and implement Science today, tomorrow and for their futures.
This statement sits alongside our ‘Curriculum and Learning Policy.
It is our aim at Springvale Primary School to develop and encourage:
- The use of scientific vocabulary/scientific language, which is modelled throughout lessons enabling our children to be familiar with and use vocabulary accurately.
- Our children to select the most appropriate way to answer and record their scientific findings.
- A range of working scientifically skills including questioning, researching and observing for ourselves.
- The use of technology, wherever appropriate, to aid teaching and learning.
- Children’s independence and for all children to take responsibility in their own learning.
- Teachers are also encouraged to plan in trips and visitors to enhance our children’s learning experience.
Objectives for 2022-2023
- Close the gap between SEND/PP children meeting ARE in Science. J Alderson to develop enquiry frames to support children while working scientifically.
- Ensure that children have opportunities to be inspired by Science, through cultural capital experiences
- Promote and celebrate diversity in Science with a display in the corridor.
A Scientist Just Like Me is designed to raise awareness of diversity in science-related jobs and to provide illustrated examples of a wide range of science-based careers. It consists of a series of short slideshows, each one ‘telling the story’ of a particular scientist or person working in a science-related job. The people included share details of their work and their everyday lives, making their stories relatable to children. They describe their job, what they like about it, and the challenges they have faced on their career journeys. The resources focus on the skills, attitudes and habits that are needed to carry out the work, rather than on any expert knowledge, which may be daunting or seem out of reach to children.
- Have close links with Penistone Grammar School and Greenhead College for UKS2 children to experience a chemistry lesson.
- Look into developing an after-school Science Club.
- At least one visit or visitor to the school per year group must have a Science theme.
Science makes an increasing contribution to all aspects of life. Children are naturally fascinated by everything in the world around them and Science makes a valuable contribution to their understanding. Children learn by playing with things in their world. They pick up clues about what they see, touch, smell, taste and hear in order to makes sense of it all. Eventually they come to conclusions which they match up with all the experiences they have had.
Collaboratively, teachers, parents and carers, can help children to take a second, careful look at the world. By talking together, children can be encouraged to explore and observe so that they can group objects and events and look for similarities and differences. They will need to measure and record the things they have found out in ways that make sense to them so that later they can talk to other people about what they have discovered. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Aims: The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop lively, enquiring minds and the ability to question.
- learn scientific skills and knowledge.
- build on their natural curiosity and enable them to understand and care for the world in which they live.
- are provided with an environment where they can work in an investigative way and can communicate their findings in a variety of ways.
- Can use equipment safely and sensibly.
- develop the potential scientific links with all other areas of the curriculum.
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
All staff at Springvale strive to ensure that our children reach their full potential in Science and that they understand and enjoy their experiences through work schemes that promote the child’s development and self-esteem.
Overview of units
|Year 1||Working scientifically||Plants||Animals, including humans||Everyday materials||Seasonal change|
|Year 2||Plants||Animals, including humans||Use of everyday material||All living things and their habitats|
|Year 3||Working scientifically||Plants||Animals, including humans||Rocks||Lights||Forces and magnets|
|Year 4||All living things||Animals, including humans||States of matter||Sound||Electricity|
|Year 5||Working scientifically||All living things||Animals, including humans||Properties and changes of materials||Earth and Space||Forces|
|Year 6||All living things||Animals, including humans||Evolution and inheritance||Light||Electricity|
Multi-Cultural links will be developed wherever possible in the teaching of this National Curriculum subject. We have Healthy School Weeks based around PE and Science topics and themes. Through the teaching of Science, we are developing the schools Eco awareness and the global impact of this.
Below are some websites that might interest your child and deepen their scientific knowledge.