Year 1 to Year 6 take part in science lessons covering a range of biology, chemistry and physics based topics from the National Curriculum. Our ‘Units of Work’ in science have been carefully crafted by teachers, identifying composite tasks and breaking them down in to component tasks to ensure sequential, layered knowledge acquisition. These ‘Units of Work’ also support our particular style of teaching. The children plan and carry out a number of scientific investigations each year. Children use ‘Knowledge Organisers’ to help them to learn key scientific facts and visit places of scientific interest around London such as the Crick Institute and the Science Museum.
Many children at St George the Martyr find science inspiring and interesting and we want to instil a life long love of science and wonder. We encourage children to ask questions about the world they live in, thereby developing understanding and making important connections. Children who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically.
At St George the Martyr, as well as ensuring a sequential, layered knowledge acquisition, we teach our children to take an investigative approach towards science, encouraging them to learn new scientific skills, such as close observation, careful recording and designing investigations. By using an investigative focus for science lessons, the children can take a hands-on approach to their learning. 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.
Linking to our vision, in science the children learn to have compassion honesty and integrity for topics affecting their world today. For example, some children have had the opportunity to go plogging: jogging and collecting rubbish in our local area. These opportunities enable our children to take an active part in looking after their world and we hope that this will continue beyond their time at St George the Martyr school.