At Orgill our main aim is to foster a sense of excitement and curiosity about science whilst increasing children's awareness and understanding of the world around them.
Science is central to many aspects of everyday life and children should be encouraged to look at the world as scientists.
Children are taught a balance of scientific knowledge and essential skills. Children learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. Through working scientifically, children are encouraged to: make observations over time, seek patterns, identify, classify and group, make predictions, carry out comparative and fair tests and research using secondary sources.
We aim to embed cross-curricular opportunities within our science curriculum. Through writing explanations, reports and instructions etc, children are building on the skills taught as part of our English curriculum. They are also encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. Making these cross curricular links puts the learning in context for children and gives a real life reason for writing or analysing data.
Our teaching of science is planned and taught using the Learning Challenge Curriculum.
What are the main principles of the Learning Challenge Curriculum?
The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point.
In designing the curriculum, teachers and pupils are using a prime learning challenge, expressed as a question, as the starting point. Using the information gained from pre-learning tasks (such as mind mapping) a series of subsidiary challenges, also expressed as questions, are then planned. These learning challenges all fulfil the National Curriculum requirements of Science at Key Stages 1 and 2.
It is important that the learning challenges make sense to the children and are within their immediate understanding.