Science

The INTENT of learning Science at Clearwell

Science is a vibrant subject at Clearwell Primary School about which we are incredibly passionate. Children have lots of questions about the world around us and we aim to provide them with the necessary core scientific knowledge and investigative skills to answer their questions about those processes. At present, our curriculum provides a rich variety of topics that cover all the core scientific disciplines and contexts that the children can relate to their everyday lives.

How Science is taught at Clearwell (Implementation)

  • Science content is linked closely to our termly Learning Journey.
  • Each class makes clear links between their overarching theme and the science curriculum.
  • Teachers use the science skills progression to help them pitch the learning to the needs of their children.
  • Children are encouraged to pose key questions from which we generate scientific lines of enquiry.
  • They will then explore this question using a variety of investigative skills, engaging and becoming more familiar with each of the elements of the scientific method as they progress through the school.
  • These include skills such as generating their own lines of enquiry, making predictions, fair testing, observing changes over time, collecting results in a variety of ways, analysing results, drawing conclusions from their observations and evaluating their own method and the reliability of their results.
  • Underpinning this is an emphasis on children actively participating in their own practical investigations and experiments, utilising the classroom, wider school environment and the local environment and community.

The IMPACT of learning Science at Clearwell

  • Students who see themselves as scientists or engineers rather than passively observing
  • Children who recognise that their daily lives are shaped by science – managing our health or understanding the need to recycle etc
  • Healthy skepticism – learners who ask challenging questions as they explore the world and form their own opinions
  • Learners who ask questions, collect information, organize and test ideas, solve problems
  • Children who apply what they learn
  • Children who make greater sense of their world, increasingly shaped by science and technology
  • Communication skills
  • Learners who demonstrate patience and perseverance