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Science

 

Science at Aylesham Primary School aims to be practical, engaging and enquiry-based. Teachers in all year groups follow the National Curriculum content and the Kent Scheme for Science, the programme of study for 2021-22 can be seen above.  

 

Aylesham Primary School encourages pupils to view themselves as scientists and aims to broaden the horizons of pupils through developing a deep understanding of Science. Pupils are encouraged understand how Science has changed lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

 

In each topic, pupils simultaneously develop their scientific knowledge (for example what a solid is, what electrical conductors are and what the different parts of a plant) and scientific skills (for example presenting data in an appropriate manner, reading a thermometer or conducting a fair test).

 

Scientific Knowledge

 

Pupils build upon prior learning and develop a bank of key foundational knowledge over their time at Aylesham Primary School. All learning begins by reviewing prior and existing knowledge, through formative assessment provided by unit specific quizzing, the same quiz is carried out at the end of each unit to establish the knowledge retained by each pupil. Pupils are discretely taught key scientific vocabulary, these ideas, words and concepts are defined so as to allow pupils to fully access the learning within each unit. Children also learn about famous scientists during their learning at Aylesham Primary School, this is often a cross-curricula focus with children using their reading and writing skills to produce a biography of an influential scientist.

 

Scientific Skills

 

Pupils develop their scientific skills over the course their journey with us, skills taught in a particular year group build upon the skills taught in the preceding year group, allowing children to build upon their skills and develop as scientists. The specific skills taught in each year group can be seen above.

 

School Values

 

We embed our school values into all of our Science learning. Pupils’ teamwork skills are enhanced through regularly working collaboratively in groups during experiments and investigations. As in every subject, pupils are encouraged to fly high in all of the learning they produce, the skills they demonstrate and the knowledge they garner. Pupils are creative when designing enquiries to questions and given opportunities to creatively demonstrate their skills and knowledge in expertly designed and delivered lessons.  Pupils are resilient when thinking of solutions to complex problems or attempting multiple methods of answering a question, they are made aware of the journeys of seminal scientists and understand that resilience is required in every investigation.

 

Science Week

 

One of the highlights of Science at Aylesham is Science Week. Held in March each year, Science Week, which we have been fortunate to receive grant funding for in recent years, enables pupils to focus for an entire week upon one area of Science. All classes have the same topic (in 2020 it was an Eggstravaganza of Eggsperiments about -you guessed it- Eggs and in 2021 the focus was upon “The Wonderful World of Sweets and Biscuits) with investigations tailored to the requirements of particular year groups.

 

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