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Millfields Primary School and Nursery

POLICY STATEMENT ON SCIENCE

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Introduction     This  document  reflects  the  values  and  philosophy  of  Millfields  Primary  School  in  relation  to  the  teaching  and  learning   of  science.  It  provides  a  framework  and  gives  guidance  on  planning,  teaching  and  assessment.     The   policy   relates   to   the   pupils   in   key   stages   1   and   2.   The   children   in   the   reception   year   follow   the   Early   Years   Curriculum:  Knowledge  and  understanding  of  the  World.     Principles     Science   is   a   way   of   learning   and   thinking.   It   is   a   practical   subject   and   is   taught   in   a   way,   which   emphasises   the   practical,  investigative  and  problem  solving  activities  as  well  as  promoting  the  learning  of  knowledge  and  scientific   concepts.   Through   our   teaching   of   science   we   strive   to   develop   the   attitudes   and   skills   needed   for   the   children   to   achieve  their  full  potential.     Aims     At  Millfields  Primary  School,  in  line  with  the  National  Curriculum,  our  aims  are:   • To  provide  a  broad,  balanced  and  differentiated  science  curriculum   • To   help   the   children   to   develop   enquiring   minds   and   develop   their   knowledge   and   understanding   of   the   world  in  which  they  live   • To  ensure  progressive  development  of  scientific  concepts  and  knowledge     • To  encourage  the  development  of  scientific  skills  such  as,  observing,  communicating,  measuring,  recording,   classifying,  predicting,  investigating  and  problem  solving   • To  conduct  investigations,  record  findings  appropriately,  interpret  results  and  draw  conclusions     • To  promote  positive  attitudes  towards  science  within  the  school         Expectations     By  the  end  of  key  stage  1,  the  performance  of  the  majority  of  pupils  should  be  within  the  range  of  levels  1  to  3.  Most   pupils  are  expected  to  achieve  level  2.   By  the  end  of  key  stage  2,  the  performance  of  the  majority  of  pupils  should  be  within  the  range  of  3  to  5.  Most  pupils   are  expected  to  achieve  level  4.     Curriculum  Organisation   In   order   to   achieve   these   aims,   our   teaching   is   based,   wherever   possible,   on   practical   investigations.   The   science   curriculum   is   organised   into   units   and   individual   year   groups   complete   the   planning   for   each   unit   of   work.   Cross   curricular  links  with  English,  mathematics,  geography,  design  technology,  ICT,  music,  art  and  PSHE  are  encouraged.                            

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Year  Group     Year  1                 Year  2               Year  3               Year  4                 Year  5                 Year  6  

  Attaiment  Target  

  Units  

SC2     SC3   SC4           SC2       SC3   SC4       SC2     SC3     SC4       SC2     SC3     SC4       SC2       SC3     SC4       SC2     SC3   SC4  

Ourselves   Growing  plants     Materials     Light  and  dark     Sound  and  hearing         Health  And  growth     Plants  and  animals  in  the  environment     Materials   Forces  and  movement     Using  electricity         Teeth  and  eating   Plants   Materials  (incl  rocks  and  soils)   Forces     Light  and  shadows       Moving  and  growing     Habitats     Keeping  warm     Solids  and  liquids     Circuits  and  conductors         Keeping  healthy       Life  cycles     Changing  Materials  incl    gases   Earth,  sun  and  moon     Changing  sounds         Interdependence  and  adaptation  +  Micro  organisms   Reversible  and  irreversible  changes     Forces  in  action     How  we  see  things     Changing  circuits    

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Planning       There  are  four  attainment  targets  in  science  for  each  key  stage.  These  are:   • Sc1  Scientific  enquiry;   • Sc2  Life  and  living  processes;   • Sc3  Materials  and  their  properties;   • Sc4  Physical  processes.     The  school’s  science  curriculum  map  ensures  that  the  programmes  of  study,  set  out  in  the  National  Curriculum,  are   met.   Teachers   are   responsible   for   medium   term   planning,   and   the   subject   leader   is   available   to   support   with   the   planning  process.  The  attainment  targets  to  be  covered  are  clearly  set  out  for  each  year  group  and  are  available  in   the  science  folder  on  the  R  drive.     Planning  follows  a  whole  school  agreed  format,  and  teachers  are  responsible  for  ensuring  that  scientific  enquiry  or   SC  1  is  an  integral   part   of  each   unit   of   work.   Within   each   unit  planning   will   show  a  range  of  teaching  approaches  and   evidence  of  teacher  generated  and  pupil  initiated  investigations.     Science  is  allocated  ten  percent  of  teaching  time  within  both  key  stages,  and  it  may  be  taught  as  a  discrete  subject,   however,  we  as  a  school  adopt  the  learning  challenge  curriculum  and  therefore  cross  curricular  links  will  be  made   where   appropriate.   It   is   expected   that   science   will   be   allocated   1   ½   hours   teaching   time   in   key   stage   1   and   two   hours  in  key  stage  2.     Teaching  and  Learning  Methods     A   wide   range   of   teaching   and   learning   styles   are   employed   at   Millfields   Primary   School   in   order   to   promote   stimulating  and  effective  coverage  of  the  science  curriculum.  These  include:   • Knowledge  given  by  the  teacher  in  various  forms   • Investigations   • Questions  and  answers   • Discussion   • Individual  and  group  enquiries   • Use  of  practical  scientific  resources   • Reference  books   • DVD  recordings   • Computer  based  materials   • Pictorial  materials   • 3d  resources   • Plants  and  animals   • Educational  visits  

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• Visitors     Inclusion     All  children  regardless  of  gender,  ability  and  race,  are  given  the  opportunity  to  participate  in  the  activities  offered.  As   a  staff  we  recognise  that  the  work  and  tasks  we  present  our  pupils  with  must  ensure  that  all  pupils  have  access  to   them  and  that  no  pupil  is  disadvantaged  because  of  learning  difficulties.  We  ensure  that  within  our  planning  we  take   into  account  the  multicultural  nature  of  our  society  and  provide  positive  role  models.     Resources   The  science  resources  are  stored  in  labelled  trays  situated  in  the  junior  corridor.  The  resource  list  can  be  viewed  on   the  R  drive  in  the  science  folder.  The  responsibility  for  organising,  setting  up  and  maintaining  this  area  is  that  of  the   subject   leader,   however,   the   whole   staff   are   responsible   for   returning   equipment   to   the   correct   storage   area.   Children’s   reference   books   are   colour   coded   according   to   the   school   system   and   are   kept   in   the   library.   Science   resources  are  also  available  from  the  Cheshire  teaching  library  for  use  in  school.     Health  and  Safety   When  teaching  science  the  following  health  and  safety  issues  should  be  considered:   • The  children  must  be  supervised  fully,  especially  when  using  equipment  and  apparatus   • All  equipment  must  be  stored  safely   • Materials  for  science  should  be  bought  from  an  educational  supplier   • The  correct  procedures  and  techniques  should  be  shown  to  the  children  before  they  use  equipment     Further  information  on  health  and  safety  issues  teachers  should  refer  to  the  following  sources  kept  in  the  staffroom.   • Health  and  Safety  Policy       • Health  and  safety  guidance  notes   • ASE  Be  Safe!  Health  and  Safety  in  the  Primary  School       Assessment   Assessment   for   learning   is   continuous   throughout   the   planning,   teaching   and   learning   cycle.   Children   are   involved   in   the   process   of   self   improvement,   recognising   their   achievements   and   acknowledging   where   they   could   improve.   Written  work  is  marked  in  line  with  the  school’s  marking  policy,  and  comments  make  it  clear  where  the  work  is  good,   and   how   it   could   be   further   improved.   Children   are   given   the   time,   at   the   beginning   of   each   lesson,   to   read   comments,   make   corrections   to,   and   discuss   misunderstandings.   At   the   end   of   a   unit   of   work,   pupils’   knowledge   and   understanding  is  more  formally  assessed  using  end  of  unit  tests,  and  the  levels  achieved  by  all  pupils  are  held  with   their  individual  assessment  record.       Responsibilities   The  class  teacher  is  responsible  for  planning  and  delivery  of  the  science  curriculum.     The  science  co-­‐ordinator  is  responsible  for:   • Coordinating  the  implementation  of  the  school  science  policy   • Supporting  colleagues  in  their  planning  and  providing  guidance  for  INSET  where  appropriate   • Ensuring  continuity  and  progression  in  science  throughout  the  school   • Monitoring  progress  in  science  within  the  school   • Ensuring    that  appropriate,  well-­‐maintained  resources  are  available  for  the  teaching  of  science   • Keeping  an  up  to  date  inventory  of  all  science  resources   • Keeping   up   to   date   with   local   and   national   initiatives   and   disseminate   information   to   colleagues   as   appropriate   • Monitoring  health  and  safety  practice  in  science  throughout  the  school     Evaluation  

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A   range   of   approaches   are   employed   to   evaluate   the   effectiveness   and   quality   of   science   teaching   at   Millfields   Primary  School.  These  approaches  include:   •      Formal  and  informal  discussions   •    Monitoring  of  planning   •    Lesson  observations   •    Book  monitoring   •    Pupil  Interviews   •    Classroom  environment   •    Children’s  work   •    Analysis  of  end  of  unit  tests  

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AMENDMENT SHEET FOR ALL POLICY STATEMENTS

SCIENCE POLICY DATE POLICY RATIFIED: SUMMER 2011 DATE POLICY LAST REWRITTEN: SUMMER 2011

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May 2011 July  2011  

Amendment Policy updated by T Calland

 

 

Policy  ratified  by  Full  Governing  Body  

 

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