The subject of science provides the foundations for children to understand the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. It is primarily a practical subject, which develops a spirit of enquiry by encouraging curiosity and reason.
Skills that are developed within the subject are observation, prediction, investigation, hypothesising and interpretation. At Danson Primary School, we strive to develop the knowledge and understanding of important scientific concepts along with scientific methods and processes. We encourage the children to relate what they learn within the subject of science to their everyday experiences. We strive to make the children confident learners and to explore values and ideas through the subject of science.
Children at Danson Primary School are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using the following types of scientific enquiry:
- Making observations over time
- Pattern seeking
- identifying , classifying and grouping
- Comparative and fair testing
- Researching using secondary sources
Throughout all science lessons at Danson Primary School, there is a thread of scientific enquiry which is embedded in the teaching and learning of the subject.
At Danson Primary School, we use the Kent Scheme of science as a vehicle in order to teach the National Curriculum objectives for each key stage. This scheme of work is adapted to meet the needs of the children and to ensure that there is a clear sequence of progression within the science curriculum
At the beginning of each science unit a ‘big question’ is posed to the children which is investigated through the sequence of lessons that follow that particular science unit. In addition to this, each lesson also begins with a question which the children aim to answer by the end of the lesson through a variety of knowledge and skills-based learning tasks.
At Danson Primary School we aim to:
- Develop the key foundational knowledge and understanding of the subject.
- Develop the vocabulary needed to understand the many concepts and processes within science.
- Develop in each child the skill of working scientifically.
- Develop pupils’ ability to question, hypothesise, test and discover for themselves. about the world that we live in.
- Develop pupils' understanding and respect for the natural world.
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, which they assess through various factors within science.
At the beginning of each science topic, children complete a pre-task. This is to assess what the children already know about the unit they are going to be learning about. Then, once the science unit has been completed, they complete a post task which demonstrates the learning that has taken place from the start of the topic to its completion. In addition to this, during each science unit of learning, pupils are exposed to a high level of scientific vocabulary and they are assessed on their understanding and application of this.
Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)
In March 2023, Danson Primary School was delighted to be awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark. This national recognised award celebrates our commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.
The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning.
Danson Primary School also has an Eco Council. Members are elected by their classmates and they meet regularly. During their Autumn term meeting they discussed plans to take action on climate change and improve the school's carbon footprint. Members of the Eco Council will be completing the Eco-Schools audit which will enable us to see which areas are already a strength for the school and which areas will be our priorities going forward. At the next Eco Council meeting we will determine those priorities and put specific plans in place.
Local Community Links
At Danson Primary School, we have developed a link with Bexley Grammar School. In June and July 2023, a science club was delivered by a team of sixth form science prefects from Bexley Grammar school. These engaging and practical sessions focused on enquiry based science activities which linked to the primary science curriculum whilst giving the children the opportunity to develop their science capital by using secondary school science equipment.