Pakefield Primary School has a clear vision for Science, and we inspire our pupils to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. Through exploring biology, chemistry and physics, our children achieve scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding to encourage their ambition for learning and may even inspire a future generation of Einsteins and Marie Curies! Instilling a sense of wonder and amazement in our children is at the heart of what we teach in Science at Pakefield.
Learning in the community encourages an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science so our children will be confident to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them. Children find answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data and use different types of scientific enquiry, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. As much as possible our children design and lead their own investigations and experiments. We believe passionately that our children learn the most about science when they are challenged to explore and discover things for themselves.
We encourage the children to embrace science in every aspect of their lives, not just in science lessons at school. We have an excellent wildlife garden for them to explore and love to hear about all their scientific discoveries at home too! We are lucky to be twinned with Carlton Marshes, our local Nature Reserve.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The Three Science Strands:
Biology - The study of living organisms, their structure, adaptations and environment.
Topics include: Plants, Animals including Humans, Living things and their Habitats and Evolution and Inheritance.
Chemistry – Chemistry is a field of science that studies the properties of matter and how matter interacts with energy.
Topics include: States of Matter, Everyday Materials, Properties and Changes of Materials and Rocks.
Physics - The part of science which studies energy and how it behaves.
Topics Include: Seasonal Changes, Light, Forces and Magnets, Sound, Electricity and Earth and Space.
In 2018, we successfully achieved our PSQM GILT award which is an award for schools which demonstrate how established science leadership is having a sustained impact on science teaching and learning across the school. Our accessor said:
“Pakefield Primary is clearly a place where science is taught to a very high standard and the subject is valued, enjoyed and celebrated by all members of the school community. The ‘buzz’ about and enthusiasm for science at this school is evident throughout the submission and it is great to see children receiving such an exciting and inspiring scientific education.”
Our Science Knowledge organisers have been designed for each unit that the children will be taught, from Year 2 to 6. They clearly outline the content of our curriculum which will be covered and the vocabulary that is important to know. They also provide previous learning objectives to show the progression.