At St Ann’s Well academy our vision is to inspire our children to think, talk and behave as scientists.
We want our children to be confident to explore and investigate, to develop scientific knowledge and a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
We believe that scientific investigation creates opportunities for our children to develop skills and learning behaviours essential to life-long in addition to scientific skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding. Our enquiry rich curriculum enables children to develop curiosity, independence, perseverance, motivation, and reflection alongside the development of scientific enquiry skills including questioning, predicting, planning, investigating, observing, measuring, recording, analysing, and evaluating.
Children from St Ann’s well Academy are the citizens of the future, they will embrace the opportunities and challenges of life in an increasingly scientific and technological world and be required to make informed, responsible decisions about our planet by understanding that science is an important and valuable part of their lives and essential for our future survival.
Our Five Principles of Science (developed with pupils and staff)
|We are encouraged to be curious, to explore and ask questions|
about our world and how it works.
|We work together to plan and carry out our investigations, using|
our scientific skills and knowledge to answer questions and solve problems.
|We enjoy learning about the science all around us using our|
school grounds and local outdoor environments.
|We develop links to science in our everyday lives and are inspired|
by science and scientists in the real world.
|We use scientific vocabulary to talk about science. We discuss our|
ideas, describe our observations, and explain our discoveries and
investigations to others.
- To enable children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to think, talk and behave as scientists.
- To ignite children’s curiosity, fuel their excitement and motivate them to discover more about their world and understanding of science using the outdoors and local environments, science experiences and trips, visitors, and STEM partnerships.
- To provide an engaging, progressive enquiry-based science curriculum for all children which enables them to develop scientific skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding.
- To use real world science and scientists as inspiration to develop children’s understanding of the relevance of science to our everyday lives past and present and the importance of science for the future of our world.
- To improve communication skills through science talk and develop learning behaviours essential for life-long learning including curiosity, creative thinking, independence, motivation, reflection, and skills such as questioning, predicting, planning, testing and analysing.
In the Foundation Stage science is taught through themes across the year developing knowledge, skills and understanding from the Understanding of the World aspect of the EYFS curriculum. Children gain experiences in our indoor and outdoor learning environments enabling them to:
- Develop a sense of curiosity
- Form observation skills
- Explore the natural world
- Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments
- Understand important processes and changes in the natural world, including the seasons and changing states of matter.
In Key Stages one and two science topics cover the programme of study for science, to ensure progression across school, planning of the learning journey for each year group and across year groups and key stages is based on the ASE Science Progression grids for scientific enquiry and knowledge. Each science topic is delivered over a half term and taught through a series of discrete science lessons as part of their topic.
Children will be taught specific knowledge under the following concepts:
- Plants – Years 1, 2 & 3
- Animals, including humans – Years 1, 2, 3. 4, 5 & 6
- Living things and their habitats – Years 2, 4, 5 & 6
- Evolution and inheritance – Year 6
- Materials / states of matter – Years 1, 2 , 4 & 5
- Seasonal changes – Year 1
- Rocks – Year 3
- Light – Years 3 & 6
- Forces and magnets – Years 3 & 5
- Sound – Year 4
- Electricity – Year 4 & 6
- Earth and Space – Year 5
Children have frequent opportunities to work as biologists, chemists and physicists.
Across the year children will have used each of the five enquiry types plus problem solving & modelling
- F – Fair testing & Comparative testing
- R – Research using secondary sources
- O – Observation over time
- G – Grouping, identifying & classifying
- S – Seeking patterns
Through the explicit teaching of the science skills and identified knowledge, both the teachers and the pupils can assess their learning throughout the unit of work. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.
Aspirations For the Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs. Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Scientist:
- Aquatic vet
- Animal researcher
- Health visitor
- Cancer researcher
- Rocket engineer
- Marine biologist
- Helicopter mission control
- Weather presenter.