As one of the three core subjects of the National Curriculum, Science is a highly valued subject at Clapham Manor School. Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. At our school, we strive to contextualise the children’s learning in Science, so that they are encouraged to understand and relate what they are learning in class to their real lives in order to give them a better understanding of the world.
At Clapham Manor, we believe Scientific enquiry is at the heart of science teaching. Through this, we aim to encourage the natural curiosity that children have about themselves and their surroundings. We provide children with the opportunity to develop their own questions and to consider ways of finding out answers, fostering problem solving skills, ownership over their own learning and ultimately a better understanding of scientific concepts. They are encouraged to observe, raise questions, make predictions, experiment and record their findings. This includes developing the ability to examine things systematically, to select and sort information, to understand the features of a fair test and to be able to collect and consider evidence.
Science is taught weekly throughout the school through a variety of topics according to the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum (e.g. Materials, Keeping Healthy, Forces, Electricity, The Earth and Beyond). Work is planned and tailored to each class’ needs using a range of resources, including the ‘Snap Science’ planning scheme. Lesson activities include, amongst other things, practical investigations, observations, exploring the outdoor environment, recording and analysing results and the use of role play and drama to explore concepts. Children are assessed in Science through the Rising Stars Assessment tests alongside teacher observations of their work and discussions during lessons.
Science is also promoted though an annual Science and Engineering Week, exploration of Big Science Questions (questions relating to the wonders of the natural world), a range of Science trips, visitors and workshops and through our school Science Fair. Through all of this, we aim to equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science for both today and for the future.