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Science

Children show a fascination and curiosity in their surroundings, taking a delight in finding ways to investigate their environment. At Danson Primary School, we believe that by encouraging this natural inquisitiveness we will help the children make sense of the world around them. As teachers we seek to develop in the children an awareness of how science permeates almost every aspect of our lives.

Aims

We aim to:

 -Develop in each child knowledge and understanding of, and an ability to use, the scientific process which will encourage them to acquire scientific skills and relate these to everyday experiences.

 -Learn about the ways of thinking, finding out about and communicating ideas.

 -Explore values and attitudes through science.

Teaching and Learning

At Danson, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. This can be done through whole class teaching and group work, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry based research activity. We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions.. Wherever possible, children are involved in ‘real’ scientific activities, for example, carrying out practical experiments and analysing the results or using the grounds of our school to study the environment and the animals living within it.

National Curriculum Coverage

Danson uses the Kent Scheme of work for planning, investigative science and assessment. Learning objectives are mostly investigative led and will be ‘open’ for the children to explore throughout the lesson, rather than be ‘told’ what is going to happen. We have already introduced some of the new 2014 curriculum units into some year groups and feel confident that in September, we will be working seamlessly with the new curriculum.

Assessment

The assessment of Science is an integral part of teaching. It allows teachers to identify what the children already know as well as what has been learnt.  Pupils at Danson are encouraged to be self-reflecting learners by colour coding their knowledge of the scientific vocabulary that they will be meeting in each of their science topics at the beginning of the unit as well as at the end. APP is also used to show progress as well as identify any areas of clarification that is needed. Pupils in Key Stage 2 complete a mini- assessment at the end of each unit, again as a tool for reflection which shows the progress that they have made in both scientific knowledge and understanding. Written work in books is marked positively, making it clear where the work is good and also setting next steps in learning, therefore continually striving for rapid and sustained progress in science.

Science Lab

Here at Danson, we are very fortunate to have an extensively stocked science lab in which pupils can have their science lessons. The children love using the room for both their science lesson as well as deepening their general scientific knowledge and awareness, through accessing the resources and displays.