Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School

Our Lady Star School Our Lady Star of The Sea Catholic Primary School

Science at Our Lady Star of the Sea

Science at Our Lady’s is about developing children’s curiosity and ways of working that enables children to make sense of the world around them. We provide opportunities for children to learn and experience science through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We encourage children to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement about natural phenomena.  Through lively lessons, our children have the opportunity to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

Our role is to teach scientific enquiry through the contexts of the below three main content areas:

 

Biology – Plants/Living Things and their Habitats/Evolution and Inheritance/Animals including Humans

Chemistry – Materials/Earth/Rocks/States of Matter

Physics - Forces and Magnets/Light/Sound/Electricity/Space/Seasonal Changes

 

Children in the Early Year Foundation Stage are taught the scientific elements of the EYFS document through the Early-Learning Curriculum: Understanding of the World

 

Click here for the EYFS Overview Click here for the Key Stage One Topic Overview Click here for the Key Stage Two Topic Overview


We believe that it is essential for children to master transferable skills for them to be able to ‘Work Scientifically’ throughout their learning and beyond.  All pupils are taught how to work scientifically across the Key Stages using practical scientific methods, processes and enquiry skills.

 

 
Click here to find out about progression in the Working Scientifically strand in both key stages

  

 We provide a variety of opportunities for children to learn in a purposeful way through:

  • Planning investigations
  • Carrying out experiments including whole class teacher-led demonstrations and experiments carried out in small groups/pairs
  • Making and justifying predictions
  • Understanding and using scientific language
  • Recording observations and results and findings in a variety of ways (pictures, diagrams, words, charts, graphs)
  • Interpreting and analysing results
  • Asking and answering scientific questions
  • Extended writing opportunities
  • Problem solving opportunities
  • Role play and drama
  • Use of ICT
  • Exploring the outdoor environment
  • Use of video clips and images

 

At Our Lady’s children also have opportunities to broaden their scientific knowledge through additional experiences such as;

  • Science Club at the Catholic High School
  • Science Enrichment sessions that our budding Scientists can opt into
  • School trips to excite and help secure knowledge and understanding of topics such as participating in annual STEM festivals with other local primary schools
  • Following current science news e.g. Successfully applying to take part in the national experiment ‘Rocket Science – A Voyage of Discovery’ where children followed Tim Peake’s mission to the ISS and investigated whether seeds taken with him would grow normally back on planet Earth.