At Oakhill Primary we are passionate about Science. We thrive to inspire and motivate children to become curious, young scientists. We encourage children to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things behave and analyse the changes that are observed.
Science is taught in blocks through our Alumno Curriculum. Each topic is based around a theme incorporating all foundation subjects. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children's knowledge, skills, and understanding. Sometimes, we do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times, we engage the children in an enquiry-based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. They have the opportunity to use a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures and photographs. They use ICT in science lessons because it enhances their learning. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in real and practical scientific activities these are linked to our Alumno Curriculum where priority is given to a practical approach. We offer the opportunity for all pupils to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
Key Principles of Science
“We know that good science occurs in our school when…”
Children are engaged and excited
Children are active learners and work practically
Children have opportunities to investigate and explore their own ideas
Children feel inspired to find out more
Children confidently use Scientific Vocabulary
Children explain and discuss their predictions and findings of investigations
Children use a range of Scientific and ICT equipment where necessary
Children explore Science inside and outside the classroom
Teachers ask open questions to expand children’s thinking
Work is differentiated so all children can access and learn
Teachers have high expectations of all children
We consider a wide range of issues in the scientific world, such as the solar system, and use these considerations to enhance the spiritual and philosophical development of the children.
Moral development is improved through the consideration of issues such as the effects of human activity on the planet. This includes considering how species become extinct and how humans could help to stop this. Also looking at animal’s habitats and how important it is to protect these.
Social development is enhanced by students being encouraged to show respect for other people’s ideas. We develop social skills through group and practical work and consider the safety of others during our working scientifically lessons.
Cultural development is increased by consideration of the work done by various Scientists. This includes drawing attention to how cultural differences can influence the extent to which scientific ideas are accepted, used and valued.