Science has changed our lives and is vital today and for the future of our planet. At O.L.O.L. we understand that children are naturally curious and we want to nurture that scientific curiosity. We believe that all children should be taught the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science in a systematic way through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We believe that children are inquisitive and we want to develop their excitement and wonder about the world around them.
As a core subject of the National Curriculum the importance of Science is awarded full recognition at O.L.O.L. In accordance with the National Curriculum, 2014 for Science Guidelines, O.L.O.L. is committed to the following aims:
- To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics;
- To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help pupils to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
- To equip pupils with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
At Our Lady of Lourdes we aim to help the children in our care make sense of the world around them in a systematic way through observation, investigation and experimentation, recording and subsequent consideration of results. Our curriculum ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment. Throughout our school children are encouraged to develop and use a range of working scientifically skills including questioning, researching and observing. We 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. We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability with a broad and balanced Science curriculum.
In order to ensure high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
The Programmes of Study for Science are set out year-by-year for KS1 and KS2 and are linked to other areas of the curriculum in order to develop cross curricular studies. Concepts met at KS1 are encountered again in KS2 at progressively higher conceptual levels. The subject co-ordinator is responsible for taking the lead in the planning and development of the Science curriculum.
The Science curriculum for the A.S.D. Provision for KS1 and KS2 is adapted to address the prime needs of the pupils. The curriculum is designed to parallel that of the mainstream school to facilitate integration at every level.
It is expected that pupils will have the opportunity to carry out investigative work during each topic and that through their Science lessons pupils will become able to express themselves correctly and appropriately, using the correct scientific vocabulary wherever possible.
Having constructed a manageable and progressive set of teaching units for each phase allocated over the year; continuity, coverage and broad progression are assured both within and between the key stages. Teachers within the same year group also plan together to ensure there is continuity between parallel classes.
The impact of the curriculum content covered and the teaching and planning is evaluated in curriculum action plans and progress reports, pupil assessment and through the school monitoring and evaluation cycle, as appropriate.
Science education activities provide children with the opportunities to develop and practice many different skills and attributes. These include: communication skills, collaborative skills, team working and perseverance, as well as analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills.The successful approach at Our Lady of Lourdes results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides all children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world around them.