Science is a 2-hour, weekly timetabled lesson at Castlefort for all pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. Some science topics are linked to ‘Cornerstones’ projects, for example, pupils in Year 1 have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of animals through their ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’ Cornerstones topic.
We have a ‘core programme’ to deliver the new 2014 National Curriculum for science, ‘Collins Snap Science’. Each topic within the scheme offers a sequence of lessons which enable ‘working scientifically’ to become embedded and scientific language to be developed. Teachers endeavour to include a ‘practical learning element’ within every lesson. Each year group also has the opportunity to follow ‘Our Changing World’ units. These allow the children to observe changes happening in the environment around them. For example, Year 1 will look at seasonal changes.
All year groups complete a half-termly scientific investigation linked to their science topic and this allows the children to further develop their practical and written recording skills.
Teaching and learning in science at Castlefort is further enhanced through links with our secondary partnership school, Shire Oak Academy, a Science and Mathematics College. In particular, pupils in Years 5 and 6 have regular opportunities to attend the academy for specialist science lessons. They are also invited to take part in after-school science clubs and the annual ‘science showcase’ event held at the academy in March each year.