At Micklem Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in school, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. We aim to develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms, the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
At Micklem Primary School, in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:
The National Curriculum will provide a structure and skill development for the science curriculum being taught throughout the school, which is now linked, where possible to the theme topics. Children have weekly lessons in Science throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, using various programmes of study and resources. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as Boxmoor Trust, Science fairs in school and educational visits linked to the science curriculum.
We endeavour to ensure that the Science curriculum we provide will give children the confidence and motivation to continue to further develop their skills.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children can achieve high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following:
The successful approach at Micklem Primary results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first- hand experiences of the world around them. Outdoor learning has improved the level of engagement with Science, pupils are able to see science as something relevant to the world around them and their own lives. Pupil voice has been used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science which supported the children’s enjoyment of science as motivated learners.