Science

 

Science at J H Godwin

At J H Godwin Primary School, it is our intent to provide pupils with a scientific curriculum that achieves the following:

 Develops our Pupil’s scientific knowledge and understanding.

To develop the appropriate subject-specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum, so that children can flourish, reach and exceed their potential academically. To see our intent in developing knowledge across the school, please click here.

 

 Develops the scientific skills of our learners.

To develop learners to have a holistic set of values and skills, enabling them to investigate scientific questions that prepare them for life and the developments in the modern scientific world that is a diverse and ever-changing community.

 

 Develops behaviours and aspirations to become effective learners in Science.

To develop the behaviours learners need to succeed in the world such as concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity. We intend to inspire pupils with links to careers and industries, giving them aspirations to succeed in the scientific field. 

 

How do we teach Science at J H Godwin?

Teachers use the scheme of work in line with National Curriculum 2014, teaching and learning objectives to plan and deliver progressive and challenging lessons. In the Foundation Stage science is planned for using the Early Learning Goals for Knowledge and Understanding of the world. 

Click here for our progressive scheme of work. 

Click here to see how scientific knowledge is developed across the school.

Scientific Skills are sequentially developed throughout the school. Below is an example of how these are taught in each year group. 

Click here to see how all working scientifically skills are developed within our school.

Click here to see the Early Learning Goals for Knowledge and Understanding of the World.

Outstanding Practice in lessons:

Teachers will use their flair, enthusiasm, and professional judgement to identify the most sensible, enjoyable and safe methods for the work being conducted.  Activities will be planned and delivered in such a way as to encourage full and active participation by all children irrespective of ability or educational need, gender or ethnicity. Pupils with particular ability and flair for science who work more quickly through the levels of the National Curriculum are extended through the use of supplementary work and computer software.

 

First-Hand Experience and use of the Wider Environment:

Priority is given to first- hand experience of concepts and Pupils are given opportunities to work in a scientific manner by planning and carrying out their own investigations. High-quality resources (See appendix 4) and use of the school’s wider environment including outdoor facilities and links and visits within the local community are utilised to deliver the curriculum including Forest School, Local nature parks and farms, links with Science Department at Blacon High and Safari Rangers from Chester Zoo.  Scientific Expertise from further afield is also used to deliver the school curriculum including links to Techniquest and Catalyst, Mad Science workshops, and through links with industries such as BP, ESSERO and STEM science.

 

Vocabulary Saturated Environments:

Scientific vocabulary is directly taught and modelled through Word Aware Strategies. 

 

Click here to access a science dictionary. 

 

 

 

Best use of ICT and other Curriculum Links

Links with other curriculum areas, especially English, Maths and ICT are utilised through dynamic activities planned by the teacher.  Pupils are given opportunities, where appropriate, to develop and apply their information technology capability in their study of science.  As well as the use of computers, pupils are encouraged to use tapes, digital microscopes, cameras and video recorders where appropriate.

Below are links to scientific websites that are useful when learning about science. 

       

       Key Stage 1 (C)bbc          Key Stage 2(C)bbc                 (C)Science for Kids

 

How can you support your child's scientific learning?

Below are links to opportunities for developing your child's scientific knowledge in the locality :

                                 

(C) Techniquest         (C) Catalyst           (C) Chester        (C) Delamere     (C) World Museum      (C) Spaceport

                                                                        Zoo                    Forest                 Liverpool

 

 

 

 

 

Contact the School

J H Godwin Primary School

Melbourne Road
Blacon
Chester
CH1 5JG

Main Contact: If you would like to contact someone at school for help with anything please ring and speak to Mrs S Jefferson or Mrs K Bickerton in the office

Tel: 01244 259 666
admin@jhgodwin.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs E Cornish SENDCO - via admin@jhgodwin.cheshire.sch.uk

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