At St George the Martyr, our wish is to encourage and motivate children to pursue science as a life-long subject to learn and explore. We want to instil a love for science and wonder. This is because statistics show that by the time children reach the age of 16, science is often not pursued as a further education subject. Here at St George we ensure the excellent teaching quality of not only science but other Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects too (Maths and Design and Technology) so that children are inspired to ask questions about the world they inhabit and make important connections. Many children at St George find science extremely inspiring and interesting. Science instils a sense of intrigue and enables children to develop understanding, form questions based on both the knowledge they already have, and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Children who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically.
At St George the Martyr, we take an investigative approach towards science, encouraging the children to learn new scientific skills, such as close observation, careful recording and designing investigations. By using an investigative focus for each science lesson, the children can take a hands-on approach to their learning. Using a wide variety of resources and stimuli enables all children to make consistent progress. We make use of the indoor and outdoor learning environments surrounding our school as well as creating links with local organisations and communities. For example, we have been working closely with The Crick Institute who hold science workshops in school as well as inviting Year 5 to the institute to take part in workshops delivered by scientists.
To assess what the children have learnt each teacher continually deepens understanding throughout a topic by addressing particular questions to a child to ensure and develop their understanding. At the beginning of a new topic in science, children will complete a (Know/What/Learn) KWL grid in order to gain understanding of what the child already knows in a topic, what they want to learn and then finally at the end of the topic they will write down examples of what they have now learnt. Alongside a quiz at the end of the topic, this informs the teacher’s understanding of where a child is at in their learning.
Linking to our vision, in science the children learn to have compassion honesty and integrity for topics affecting their world today. For example, Year 4 have investigated air pollution in our surrounding area and, as a school, we are beginning to think about the importance of recycling in order to reduce plastic pollution. Children in Year 5 and 6 have had the opportunity to go Plogging; jogging and collecting rubbish in our local area. These opportunities enable children to take an active part in looking after their world and we hope that this will continue beyond their time here at St George’s.