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St Albert The Great Catholic Primary School
March 1 2018

Science at St Albert the Great.

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Intent, implementation and impact

INTENT

At St. Albert the Great Catholic Primary School we place a high priority on Science, not least because our namesake, St Albert, is the patron saint of science. Linked to our mission statement, we believe that science helps us to learn more about the world in which we live, which helps us grow closer to God, the creator. 

We also recognise how important science is for the future of our world and accordingly, our vision for science at our school is that it might prepare our pupils for the jobs of the future. 

It is our intent that science at St. Albert the Great Catholic Primary School: 

  • makes links to our faith and the world in which we live. 
  • is engaging, relevant and meaningful. 
  • allows children to explore their curiosity through child-led learning. 
  • provides opportunity for children to investigate, acquire knowledge and apply it. 
  • makes the most of our environment. 
  • includes whole-school opportunities for awe and wonder. 

Our Science is linked, where possible, to the seasons and our history & geography topics.

Priority is given to increasing children’s ‘science capital’ throughout their years at our school. Through a varied programme of extra-curricular activities, visits and visitors, it is our intention to raise children’s attitudes and aspirations towards science.

IMPLEMENTATION

Our science curriculum follows the National Curriculum to ensure that national expectations are met.

The curriculum allows pupils to immerse themselves in skills and knowledge through practical activities, investigations and research.  

Children are encouraged to discuss their ideas and predictions and to explain their thoughts making links between different concepts and using scientific vocabulary.   

The working scientifically skills build in complexity and in independence from Y1 to Y6. These are tracked through the CIEC working scientifically wheels.

Knowledge is built on in small steps to ensure all children are confident in their understanding and can build on this knowledge from unit to unit, year to year.  PLAN progression maps are used to track this.

Children can refer to scientific learning and processes in other subject areas and make clear links with previous learning. 

Teachers assess formatively, throughout the curriculum with summative judgments made at the end of the unit/year. In Y2 & Y6 these judgements are made using the ITAF.

In addition to the curriculum, we plan a rich variety of science opportunities, activities, trips and visitors to increase the science capital of our children.

IMPACT

We assess the children to know what impact the Science curriculum is having on children’s knowledge, skills and understanding.

STEM

At St. Albert the Great Catholic Primary School, we are passionate about raising aspirations and attainment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

We are proud holders of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM), which has helped raise the profile and quality of science teaching and learning in our school.

We have regular STEM related visitors, trips and workshops and celebrate national events such as British Science Week and the Great Science Share.

This year has looked a little different but we didn’t let lockdown stop us. We took part in science week from home! It was great to see families enjoying science together. We have recently been ‘visited’ virtually by two scientists on Zoom!

Read our STEM blog to find out more.