Science at Alexander McLeod Primary School provides opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live; both through practical experience and from other sources of information. We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children and provides a platform to prepare them for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
We encourage the development of positive attitudes to science, building on our children’s natural curiosity and helping them to develop a scientific approach to problems. We encourage open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and responsibility, which develops children’s self-confidence to enable them to work both independently and with others. Alexander McLeod provides our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further.
In Key Stage One, children explore the following topics: plants, animals, everyday materials, living things and their habitats and seasonal change. Pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence, share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using models and theories. The children apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They begin to think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. Our pupils carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others, as well as utilising a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.
Throughout each and every unit of study the emphasis is on the children learning through doing. The topics enable the children to test their previously held ideas. In doing so, they will also be encouraged to develop a bank of skills and an understanding of the processes required to carry out effective scientific enquiry.