Welcome to our Science page
Below are our school’s science principles. These principles, which both the staff and children devised, are what we believe should underpin our science learning.
At Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, we believe that science is essential in developing our pupil’s natural curiosity and helping them to gain experiences beyond their immediate doorstep. Our curriculum offers real life experiences that nurture our pupils’ interest in the world around them and promotes their joy of finding things out about the world. Our science curriculum has a focus on developing and extending our pupils’ scientific skills through an enquiry-based approach which promotes our pupils’ passion to learn.
With the majority of our pupils with English as an additional language, our science curriculum has a strong focus on scientific language and learning through a wide range of experiences which allow our pupils to discuss ideas freely. At Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, there is a whole school ethos of understanding and caring for the world around us and an understanding of our responsibility towards both the immediate and wider environment and community which is reinforced by our schools SHARE values.
With science and innovation the driving force behind sustaining and maintaining our modern society, we aim to offer our pupils a wealth of positive science experiences that will encourage them to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related jobs in the future.
The National Curriculum
Each half-term, pupils study a unit of science which is taught progressively year-on-year. This allows children to make links in their investigations and enquiry of the sections of the National Curriculum.
The science curriculum is based on the three disciplines and around the following themes: -:
Sc1 working scientifically
Sc2 Life processes and living things (Biology)
Sc3 Materials and their properties (Chemistry)
Sc4 Physical processes (Physics)
During Key Stage 1
Pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
During Key Stage 2
Pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs. The units of work we study are around the four areas noted above.
Our Primary Science Overview:
Attached below is our school’s science curriculum overview. This outlines the topics are pupils will be learning from Year 1 to Year 6. From the overview, you will you see that certain topics are repeated within year groups and across year groups. Our reasoning behind this is that we aim to offer our pupils an in-depth curriculum, therefore we believe repeating topics will allow them a well-rounded experience. For example, the repetition of Living things in their Habitats allow our children to investigate local animals in their habitat in Winter and then compare this to the local animals they may see in Spring and Summer. We have also included KS3 on our overview to ensure a smooth transition for our KS2 pupils into their secondary phrase.
How can you support your child in Science?
The best way you can support your child is to explore scientific concepts through completing everyday tasks, such as cooking, gardening and using electrical appliances. Ask your child to explain their understanding of what might be happening and explore these together. Go on local walks around the environment and let your child observe their surroundings.
There are also several websites that can support your child’s scientific learning, here are some suggestions.
Primary Science Quality Mark
The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is an award scheme to celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools.
Guru Nanak Sikh Academy is currently in the process of obtaining this award.
As part of the process, I will be collecting evidence, in the coming months, showcasing the wide range of science activities that Guru Nanak pupils participate in, both inside and outside the classroom.
To keep parents informed, I will also be sharing some of this evidence via the website.