Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge. Stephen Hawkin
At Swillington Primary School, our mission is to provide a transformative cradle to career education that allows our children to enjoy lives of choice and opportunity.
In lessons, we find the talent in our pupils as Scientists. We want our children to have as many opportunities as possible to be curious, to discover and to investigate. The experiences we provide are personalised and relevant to the children’s interests and their prior knowledge.
Science lessons are built around scientific skills which underpin and enrich the rest of the curriculum such as asking questions, finding answers in different ways, group work and critical thinking. We believe children should be challenged and engaged to open up discussion which leads to investigative opportunities.
Children learn science through the 5 enquiry types: observing over time, identifying, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing, researching using secondary sources and pattern seeking; and whilst applying working scientifically skills.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in Science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding as well as nurturing a sense of enjoyment and natural enquiry in the subject.
We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. Wherever possible, we involve the pupils in practical activities as these increase enthusiasm and motivation and provide first-hand experience. Practical activities and experiences provide the children with a range of contexts allowing safe exploration of the world without the need to master facts and theories. By experiencing Science first hand, knowledge and skills can be developed in small steps through practical work; the sequencing of written work becomes easier after practical experiences.