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Frenchwood Community Primary School

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Year 5 have been enjoying learning about different forces. They have most recently been engaged in learning about water resistance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision

 

Make Observations
Ask Questions
Gather Data
Perform Tests
Use Equipment
Analyse Data

 

Purpose of Study
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


Who is the Frenchwood Scientist?
The Frenchwood Scientist is equipped with the skills to work scientifically and can
communicate their findings in a variety of ways. They are curious about scientific processes and can apply a range of scientific enquiry techniques. The Frenchwood Scientist not only understands the science covered in the classroom but can make  links with the outside world. They can make connections across and between  different curriculum areas and have a secure understanding of the content covered.


Frenchwood Curriculum Rationale
- purposeful, hands-on and engaging learning opportunities encourage the
development of scientific understanding and skills;
- objectives across all strands of ‘working scientifically’ revisited and embedded within and across year groups / key stages to ensure cumulative fluency of scientific enquiry, processes and methods;
- revisiting of content where appropriate to ensure depth of understanding;
- connections made within and across subject areas and to the wider world to
encourage children’s scientific curiosity.

The Subject Leader

With a personal passion for science, I particularly enjoy helping children to explore the world in a fun, explorative and critical way. My first degree was in Science (Biology and Psychology)  and this continues to inform the way I teach today; from subject knowledge to scientific methodology.   I'm very proud to be a part of the process of helping children see the world through engaged, critical eyes with the skills to learn reflectively.

 

Mr J. Moore BSc (hons) PGCE QTS MBPsS

The Frenchwood Scientist - Progression

Make Observations

Ask Questions

Gather Data

Perform Tests

Use Equipment

Analyse Data

 

YEAR GROUP

 

STANDARDISED OBJECTIVES

YEAR 1

Start to observe closely 

Start to ask and suggest answers to simple scientific questions 

Use first-hand practical experiences to find answers 

Begin to gather and record data simply using words and pictures  Perform simple tests with support 

 

Begin to use simple equipment 

 

Start to discuss what they have found out  

YEAR 2

Observe closely            

Ask and raise their own scientific questions

Use first-hand practical experiences to find answers              

Gather and record data using diagrams, words and charts                Perform simple tests  

 

Use simple equipment             

 

Discuss what they have found out     

YEAR 3

Develop skills of systematic observation        

Ask relevant scientific questions and suggest how to answer eg practical test v secondary source         

Develop different types of scientific enquiry

Gather, record and present data in a variety of ways eg drawings, labelled diagrams, charts          

Report on findings orally and in writing using scientific language                Set up simple, practical enquiries       

 

Understand comparative and fair tests           

 

Use range of equipment to measure accurately         

 

Use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions and raise further questions         

 

Identify similarities, differences and changes related to scientific processes and ideas   

YEAR 4

Make systematic observations            

Generate and answer scientific questions using evidence    

Select most appropriate type of scientific enquiry    

Gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways           

Report on findings orally and in writing using accurate scientific language

Suggest, set up and carry out simple practical enquiries       

Understand comparative and fair tests           

 

Confidently use a range of equipment to measure accurately           

 

Use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions and raise further questions         

 

Identify similarities, differences and changes related to scientific processes and ideas   

YEAR 5

Independently decide which observations to make                Use science experiences to plan different types of              enquiry             

Record data/results of increasing complexity using diagrams, classifications keys, tables, bar and line graphs     

Report and present findings from enquiries examining causal relationships and reliability of results     

 

Recognise and control variables where necessary    

 

Take measurements using a range of scientific  equipment with accuracy and precision          

 

Use test results to make predictions to set up further tests

 

Identify scientific evidence that has been used to support/refute arguments               

YEAR 6

Independently decide which observations to make                Use science experiences to explore ideas and raise     different types of question     

Plan different types of scientific enquiry to answer                questions         

Decide how to record data/results of increasing complexity              

Report and present findings from enquiries examining causal relationships and reliability of results     

Recognise and control variables where necessary    

 

Explain which variables need to be controlled and why         

 

Take measurements using a range of scientific          

equipment with accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings where appropriate     

 

Use test results to make predictions to set up further tests (comparative/fair) and explain reasoning              

 

Identify scientific evidence that has been used to support/refute arguments               

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