Science at Heyes Lane Primary School
"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world."
Science teaching at Heyes Lane aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically. By deepening knowledge and understanding, coupled with developing skills, Heyes Lane pupils will have the foundations for understanding the world around them. The world is an ever-changing, fast-paced environment, and we want our children to be not only ready for it, but able to thrive in it. We want our children to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. At Heyes Lane, we want our pupils to think scientifically. We want our pupils to be passionate about science and how scientific developments have shaped the world we live in. We believe that developing these skills and knowledge will inspire our children to be curious and develop critical thinking. Our scientists will be able to make links to the world around them, making predictions and drawing conclusions based on their experiences.
Children at Heyes Lane are encouraged to develop and utilise their scientific skills, including observation, planning investigations, inferring and reasoning, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their science based questions. Children are exposed to complex scientific vocabulary, which they are able to use in their thinking and reasoning. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
Scientists at Heyes Lane will be taught the importance of scientific fact and evidence-based reasoning. We believe it vital that our children leave Heyes Lane understanding the world around them and how science affects so many facets of our everyday lives. From technology to the environment, health and wellbeing to the wider universe, science is everywhere. Not only does the study of science help to satisfy many basic human needs and improve living conditions, it helps to sustain a sense of awe and wonder in the world and universe.
Science is taught thematically at Heyes Lane, with our core beliefs and threads underpinning learning. Year 6 teach the unit of Light through their learning of World War II, making links to the Blitz and Blackout in Britain. Year 4 study their Living Things and Their Habitats unit through their geography unit on Rainforests. Thematic teaching and learning allows children to explore wider connections about the world around them, making links and deepening their scientific understanding. Our dynamic curriculum encourages children to become active and ethical citizens. From learning about the Earth and its seasons (Year 1) to understanding evolution and its effect on life today (Year 6), expectations of learning (knowledge, skills, vocabulary, etc.) are high at Heyes Lane. By promoting a culture of achievement, our children are able to meet – and exceed – these high expectations. The embedded knowledge throughout the whole school curriculum means that scientific learning lasts; children are able to revisit and build upon prior knowledge and skills rather than having to relearn lost learning. Autonomous and collaborative learning is at the heart of scientific thought and exploration and underpins our science curriculum.
Working Scientifically is embedded throughout our curriculum. Children are encouraged to question, observe, classify and record in Key Stage 1. In Lower Key Stage 2, our children manipulate scientific evidence to predict and analyse, construct and label scientific diagrams, and record scientific findings in a variety of ways. Our older children measure (using scientific equipment) and record data of increasing complexity, explore causal relationships in their findings and identify and explore evidence that has been used to support or refute scientific findings.
The impact of Science teaching at Heyes Lane is measured through the implementation of a thematic curriculum, unit content grids, knowledge organisers and assessment quizzes. Thematic links and a solid foundation of previous (and later) learning make for a tightly-knitted curriculum. Knowledge and skills are embedded and developed year on year, with children working scientifically, as well as collaboratively, at the forefront.
By the end of their primary education, Heyes Lane scientists will:
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: