At Shirley School, science is taught both within and as an addition to the International Primary Curriculum. We believe that scientific enquiry is central in developing pupils’ ideas, skills, knowledge and understanding in a way that sustains their natural curiosity in the world around them. Therefore, through science teaching, children will develop both their scientific enquiry skills and also their knowledge and understanding of physical, chemical and biological processes, in line with the National Curriculum.
Science is assessed through ongoing teacher assessment of scientific enquiry skills and also of scientific knowledge and understanding. This takes the form of observations of children while doing experiments, listening to children’s discussions and questioning of scientific concepts, open questioning of children, and assessment of written work and drawings linked to science. Children also self and peer assess their own practical and written work, which gives them the opportunity to know and work on their next steps as developing scientists.
Lessons are planned to incorporate real experiences to stimulate discussion. These experiences may take the form of one off practicals as a demonstration of a concept, or of ‘fair test’ investigations, which is planned using the whole school planning format. Children are encouraged to try out and evaluate their own ideas in groups, pairs and individually.
Where possible, the outdoor environment, including our nature area and garden, is used to give real life context and purpose to science.