Science in St Hilary
Science At St Hilary School.
Children are very inquisitive young people and when it comes to Science they love to find out, investigate and experiment. At St Hilary school we strive to deliver an exciting and stimulating curriculum which enables the children to do just that!!
So what does Science look like at St Hilary School?
Each Science lesson is different, but the one thing that can be found in every lesson is a vibrancy and an excitement. From the Reception Class and Year 1, where their science is classifying and learning about plants, animals and their habitats and materials to whether the children are making electrical circuits in year 4 or investigating space and the planets in Year 5, Science is motivating.
Each lesson will have a focus or a learning intention and an activity will follow. As Science lead I am proud to report that our science lessons are resourced to allow an exciting ‘hands on’ experience for all children. Giving the children the opportunity to use concrete resources within Science enables them to understand an investigation or experiment. Working in groups also gives them the chance to discuss with each other what they think or understand. It also helps those who are less confident to talk to their peers while working with the resources. Although there is recording to be done, not all Science needs to be recorded: the level of understanding can be found through talking with the teacher or a friend or a whole class discussion. For example, the authentic outcome for a topic maybe science based and could include an assembly where children can talk about their findings.
Each lesson, throughout the school, will show progression from the previous one, so that learning is always taking place. Science lessons can often be cross-curricular and linked to other lessons too. We are now using Knowledge Organisers throughout the school that have been designed for the class topics. These are great to use to illicit knowledge that the children already know in a Science topic. They are also used to show the vocabulary the children will be using within that topic and finally, they can be used at the end of the topic to show what the children have learnt.
Science displays can be found in the corridors around the school and also in classrooms, displaying the children’s work. I know, being a Year 1 teacher, how proud the children are to see their work displayed for all to see and believe that it empowers the children when their work is on display!
Mr Larter and myself are joint science leaders and are currently completing training using a research project called Focus4Taps. TAPS (teacher assessment in Primary schools) aims to develop support for a valid, reliable and manageable system of primary school science assessment which will have a positive impact on children’s learning. It is a Supportive structure which is used to evaluate and develop assessment processes. Both Mr Larter and myself are excited to be involved in this project.
In other areas of Science, we will be having a Science day this year. Although we haven’t definitely decided on what area to investigate, we would like to include the Olympics this year!
Finally, Science is thriving at St Hilary school; I often get asked when we are doing Science as a whole school and the excitement this brings when I tell them it won’t be long until our Science day!
Jude Gardner & Ashley Larter