Science Policy and National Curriculum science content by year group
We have many enthusiastic scientists at St Michaels, and we want to take every opportunity to help our children understand how important science is for everyone and to make links to the science behind everyday objects and activities.
We have planned a National Curriculum plus approach to the science we teach. We teach the National Curriculum science content some extra physical science topics in Years 1 and 2. Teachers felt that the children really enjoyed these topics and it was important to keep early experiences of forces, light and electricity. We use the Science Bug scheme of work as the backbone of our science teaching. This enables us to allocate science resources to children’s activelearnprimary accounts. We also add other investigations and experiments so we can suit our teaching to our learners’ needs and next steps. We are very lucky to have ‘Barry’s Back Garden’ our wild garden that enables us to investigate living things and their habitats without leaving the school site. We also hold a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) week, where the whole school can work on challenges together. Over the last couple of years we’ve invented different ways of taking messages from one part of the school to another if the telephone system stopped working. Last year we designed, made, evaluated and refined moving toys.
Another way we raise the profile of STEM subjects is by engaging with STEM Ambassadors. We are especially delighted as one of the visiting ambassadors is one of our parents. Evidence shows that engaging with STEM Ambassadors can help young people to achieve their full potential in STEM subjects as well as inspiring them to explore STEM careers. It also helps teachers make links between the curriculum and the most up-to-date real world happenings, and means we have access to some wonderful resources.
We also try to hold family STEM challenges, where different generations can work together to solve a problem by applying science and designing and then testing their solution.
Mrs Owen has put together this challenge for you – why not have a go?
Did you manage to solve the problem?
Here’s Mrs Owen’s solution:
Science Challenge 2
In 2019 we took our first group of children to the Big Bang Northwest, a science fair full of hands-on activities, interactive workshops, exciting theatre shows and opportunities to talk to scientists and engineers from local and national companies. Mrs McLain (Science Coordinator) and Mrs Owen (Outdoor Learning Lead) have also enjoyed sharing and gathering ideas and science news at AllAboutSTEM networking meetings.