Mrs Campion at Victoria Road Site
Mrs Akhtar at Orchard Site
At Victoria Community School, an enriched science curriculum that provides opportunities for practical lessons on a weekly basis is key. The children are exposed to a wide variety of topics that support the children’s curiosity for learning. Our curriculum aims to broaden the children’s scientific view of the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things.
At Victoria School we promote cross-curricular learning and the teaching of Science gives us many opportunities to promote learning across the curriculum including: cultural, social and moral development, numeracy and problem solving, literacy and thinking skills. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Through the National Curriculum programme of study our children will acquire and develop these skills throughout their Primary years.
The content of Science teaching and learning is set out in the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Within this, certain topics and areas are repeated across year groups, meaning that children may revisit a particular topic in each year of primary school but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time.
For example, the area of animals, including humans is examined in every single year group, with a very clear progression of knowledge and understanding over the six years:
In Year 1 this involves: looking at the human body and labelling simple body parts such as; head, eyes, ears etc, recognising animal groups and sorting these animals.
By Year 6, this will have developed into knowing the internal structure of the human body in relation to circulation, classifying living things based on more complex characteristics and exploring scientific research into this classification.
The more detailed content for each year group is as follows:
All work is marked in green pen. We use the symbols 'S' and 'I' within our marking to show if the work has been supported or completed independently . Work is marked in relation to the Learning Objective at the top of the completed piece of work. Children are given the opportunity to respond to their marking in Purple Pen and any feedback that can't be read by the child is discussed and shared with them so that it can be acted on.
As a School we follow the 'Rising Stars' scheme for assessments. Assessments take place at the start of each unit and at the end of each unit. We are then able to compare the progress made for each child within the topic and the term. Children also complete mindmaps at the start of the unit of work to show what they already know and what they want to find out. This enables learning to be tailored to the children's interests. The mindmap is reviewed again at the end of the unit.
As of January 2022, we are trialing the TAPs focused assessments and plans, which can be accessed below:
Monitoring is completed on a regular basis by the Science coordinators. We use a variety of ways to monitor the teaching and learning of Science within Victoria Community School. These include:
-Pupil voice questionnaires
The two Science coordinators meet regularly to ensure consistency within Science across the two sites. We also meet regularly with other Schools within the area to compare Science teaching and learning and to keep up to date with important updates and initiatives.
We are excited about this years Science Week theme, Growth.
Growth is all around us- It is part of people, plants, animals, materials, countries and other things in everyday life.
During Science Week, we will take part in a variety of activities linking to Growth and other subjects across the curriculum. We will also be having some exciting workshops from 'Sublime Science'. Science Week will finish on Friday 18th March with a whole School theme about Environmental Issues, with a particular focus on Recycling.
Here are the British Science Week themed packs for you to enjoy looking at:
Watch this space to find out more about the future fun learning activities that we have planned. Look out for some photographs of children enjoying their learning...
We all really enjoyed our Science week. We had a whole School focus on the book 'The Most Magnificent Thing'. This linked well with the theme of inventors within Science. The Teachers also planned all of our lessons around this book. We were able to cover lots of different subjects through Cross Curricular learning.
Enjoy watching the story...
We had a whole School competition to design and create an invention. We had so many wonderful entries but the winners were as follows:
Nursery/Reception: Faiz from Reception
Year 1/2 :Pria from Y2
Year 3/4: Zarnab from Y4
Year 5/6: Anaya from Y5
Here is some of the work that was completed during the Science Week.
We all had to create a 'Balloon Racer' and investigate the different Variables to help make it travel further.
We learnt more about the House Teams within School and the background behind these famous people.
For example, we learnt that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.
Wallace and Grommit are some other well known fictional inventors.
A positive primary science experience is also key to encouraging future generations to not only study this at secondary school, but also potentially to follow it as a career.
How can I support my child in Science?
Talk to your child and your child's class teacher about your child's termly topics. These can be found above on the 'curriculum overview'.
Enjoy having the exciting conversations about what your child is learning.
Why not take a trip to a science museum, a zoo or an aquarium? These don’t necessarily need to be completely related to what they are learning about at school. Any visit can help their curiosity and engagement with science generally.
Look up fun, practical science experiments you can do at home with everyday objects.
Anything where they can be hands-on and see the science happen in front of their eyes is guaranteed to be get them interested.