At Red Hall Primary School we want all children to
- Become a confident, capable and independent scientists.
- Be curious about the world around them and to ask questions and explain their own ideas and findings. Children are encouraged to follow their own fascinations, wonders and questions.
- Be excited about science and all of the weird and wonderful discoveries that come with this inspiring and fascinating
- Become passionate practitioners deepening their curiosity and
- Learn and remember more about science.
How do we teach Science at Red Hall Primary School
We make sure learning is hands-on, real life, using the teacher’s experiences, videos, photos, experiments and if possible involves a trip, an exciting hook or a memorable experience.
Nothing makes us happier than when a child comes to school with a story about their own science exploring, such as a family walk where they collected leaves, a new puppy, a library book about dinosaurs and fossils or an experiment they tried at home!
Every block of lessons starts with a Concept Map which has key words about a science strand. The children make links between different words, these don’t have to scientifically correct, this is just a way for the class teacher to assess their current knowledge and to plan future lessons.
Lessons then continue building on the children’s existing knowledge and with the aim of correcting any misunderstandings or introducing new ideas.
These Concept Maps are updated after a lesson or at the start of a new lesson so the children can see the new links they can now make and can show off their new knowledge.
Teachers will also use interleaving sheets at least once a term which recap learning from earlier in the year or from previous year groups. This is to make sure your child does not forget what they have already learnt and to help make links between their current topic and other topics, such as making a link between evolution in Year 6 and the work they did in Year 4 on Living Things.
Most Year groups also have vocabulary lists in their books which they update as they learn new words and that they can refer to if they are unsure about what a scientific word or term means.
The Early Years staff make sure that the children experience a wide range of scientific activities exploring topics such as weather, growing, animals and plants through hands on experiences. The staff introduce new scientific vocabulary such as roots, bulbs, hail, wild as part of the children’s learning and encourage them to use these words in their activities and play.
Below are a range of websites that we use in school or that you can access at home which will help extend your child’s learning and build on their natural curiosity. All websites should be used with parent supervision.