At St. Matthew’s, science is a practical subject which stimulates the children’s curiosity about the world around them. We use first-hand experiences and investigations to explore, discover and gain scientific knowledge. Children are encouraged to investigate problems by ‘working scientifically’; using a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. These types of scientific enquiry include: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils should seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data. The national curriculum for science reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely.
In 2016, we obtained the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark, which recognises that our school values the importance of science and delivers the subject in a challenging, stimulating and relevant way. This year, 2021, we are aiming towards the Gilt Primary Science Quality Mark. Our main aim is to allow children to have opportunities to be scientists by testing and planning their own investigations. We will be introducing ‘wonderwalls’ in our classrooms to help ignite our curiosity as well as taking part in whole school investigations to see the progress in the working scientifically skills. We will continue to raise our science capital by creating more opportunities for science at home through termly challenges and take home science bags.
Our Science Vision
Is to “ensure our school community are given opportunities and encouraged to be curious and inquisitive and to question and explore the world in which we live.”
Principles of Science at St Matthew’s
Enthusiasm and curiosity for science is promoted at every opportunity.
Our lessons are practical, engaging and led by the children’s scientific thinking. We endeavour to use art and design to help plan and present our scientific enquiries.
We encourage discussions, reasoning and deeper thinking of scientific concepts.
Our pupils are encouraged to work with one another to further develop their scientific skills and understanding through practical activities and discussions. We also work closely with local Secondary Schools and invite real scientists to inspire the next generation and raise aspirations for future careers in STEAM subjects.