In July 2018 we were awarded “The Primary Science Quality”
The Primary Science Quality Mark is a highly successful, unique award programme to develop and celebrate the profile of science teaching, learning and leadership in primary schools. Science subject leaders join a local PSQM hub and are supported by professional development to achieve the PSQM award, PSQM Gilt award or PSQM Outreach award for their schools.
At Bridgtown we believe Science should stimulate curiosity and excitement, allowing children to discover and be left wanting more. Our whole school Science Overview is available to view in the document below.
Science is based around our key principles. which can be viewed on the document below.
Science gives pupils the opportunity to study and try out patterns or rules to explain how they work. The National Curriculum is the core of our schools Science curriculum but we have built upon this to ensure that it meets the needs of our children. We chose to follow a commercial scheme to ensure Science skills and knowledge are taught in a systematic and progressive way, so that skills become embedded in long term memory and can be used across the curriculum. The scheme we chose was “Science Bug”. The scheme is supplemented by other resources and adapted where necessary to meet the needs of the children.
The Science Bug units build on each other, allowing for the progression of skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding throughout the school. Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding are taught through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. The process of working scientifically is woven into all the knowledge and understanding aspects of Science. Working scientifically will include research, observations over time, classifying and identifying, pattern seeking, problem solving, comparative and fair tests.
Where possible Science is taught in discreet year groups. Where this is not possible, due to mixed age classes, the units will be covered over a two-year cycle.
There will be three discreet Science days in a school year. These days will enable children to investigate topics that are relevant to them, whole school projects and to address any gaps in learning.
Children in EYFS will be given opportunities to observe everyday objects and events, making use of all their senses, asking questions, looking for similarities and differences, and developing skills of sorting and classifying. The children will be guided to make sense of their physical world and their community, finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.