An important part of our learning is using correct vocabulary. Vocabulary is important in every subject but arguably more so in science, where key concepts, ideas and theories can be discussed easily using key vocabulary. Children can show their own knowledge by taking the vocabulary they learn and applying it to their own explanations.
Characteristics of a Scientist
- The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
- Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
- The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
- A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies
Our pupils should be able to organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around and within the following key areas in science
Throughout all of our science teaching, “Working Scientifically” is embedded is across science lessons to ensure skills are being used and developed as children progress through our school. As a part of working scientifically, children will have opportunities to take part in practical science experiences, including demonstrations from staff and practical work carried out by the children themselves. Teaching of science is organised into blocks, allowing for children to develop a greater depth of knowledge in science.
To see how science is organised an taught in our school across years 1-6 , please read our Science Curriculum Year Group Overview
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
- Marine biologist
- Helicopter mission control
- Weather presenter
Through the explicit teaching of the science skills (including Working Scientifically), both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. At the end of the unit, pupils are given the opportunity to reflect on their knowledge and understanding. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.
Here is what science looks like at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School: