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"Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The standard of the submissions has been extremely high and their content is quite breathtaking. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, Head Teachers, children, parents and Governors should be very proud."
Jane Turner, Associate Director, Science Learning Centre
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The science curriculum aims to develop attitudes which will promote scientific thinking, such as open-mindedness, objectivity, perseverance and the ability to work with others. It aims to build a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which, together with new investigative and observational skills, will form the foundation for future learning.
It is the intention of the science curriculum that pupils should be encouraged to ask questions about the world around them. They should understand the methodology of science, namely careful observation, devising and testing hypotheses, designing fair tests, evaluating evidence and drawing reasoned conclusions. They should be able to communicate scientific ideas, facts, and data effectively through reports, graphs and diagrams, using ICT where appropriate. Pupils should be enthusiastic and confident when carrying out investigations and they should also be aware of the implications of health and safety issues in science.
At Blackheath High School the National Curriculum directs the programme of science teaching, but does not constrain it. Teachers use the activities from the QCA schemes of work as part of a broader stimulating and challenging science curriculum.
At Foundation Stage, the Early Learning Goals for knowledge and understanding of the world are delivered through general topics in the nursery. In Reception science is taught as part of Knowledge and Understanding of the World. In both Years 1 and 2 science is taught as part of the exciting new creative curriculum, linking in a meaningful way with the different areas of the curriculum. In Year 3 girls start to follow the QCA topics and this continues throughout KS2. In KS2 science is taught by class teachers as a separate subject, and at the girls use the science laboratory for at least one of their lessons. During the year the girls cover approximately six topics. In Year 6 science is taught by specialist teachers at both the Senior and Junior school, this enables the girls to have access to the senior school science equipment and laboratories. Although the subject is identified by its own methodology, terminology and body of knowledge, teachers recognise the importance of cross curricular links and the relevance of science to pupils’ everyday life and aim to make it relevant and exciting!
We have a weekly after school science club for Years 5 and 6 girls, who have been inspired by the world around them, and want to develop their scientific skills. The CREST Star Investigators which is used is a UK-wide award scheme that enables children to solve scientific problems through practical investigation. The activities focus on thinking about, talking about, and doing exciting science.
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