Welcome to our Science page. At Seven Stars, we love delving into the world of exploration and investigation.
Please also visit the Knowledge Organisers section of our Curriculum page where you will find a Science Knowledge Organiser for each unit in each year group (so you can see what key knowledge, vocabulary and concepts the children are learning in each year group and what knowledge has gone before and is coming up)
OUR SCIENCE VISION
‘At Seven Stars we discover and explore the word around us using practical and hands on experiences that encourage our curiosity and questioning.’
We carry this out through our key principles. Our teachers aim to include the key principles as part of their Working Scientifically lessons. Our key principles are reviewed yearly.
Our Open Doors Policy
At Seven Stars we want to open doors for our children that might otherwise be closed in order to provide them with the knowledge, understanding and skills for them to become successful learners who can aspire to a life of flourishing and contribute to the flourishing of others in society.
Science plays a vital role in providing an open doors curriculum for our children. We can use Science in each aspect of our Open door policy to ensure our children become successful learners
1. Core knowledge and skills
The teaching of science knowledge is embedded through practical enquiry and investigation. This hands on approach develops the children’s enquiry and investigation skills. We use a number of strategies that makes the knowledge stick and the knowledge and skills progress over the child’s time in school.
2. The World
At Seven Stars our children enquire, investigate and question the world around them. From early years through to year 6, our children spend time outside exploring and understanding our environment. We look at the impact of humans on our world and how we can play a vital role in protecting our planet. Our classes regularly go on trips, residential and invite visitors in school to get different experiences and perspectives of science in the wider world that they wouldn’t normally get.
3. Healthy body, Healthy Mind and Healthy Lives
Each year group at Seven stars focuses on the human body and how it works. By year 6 we aim for our children to have a good understanding of themselves and what is going on as they grow and develop.
Science links with both our PE and PSHE curriculum looking at how exercise or lack of affects our body and mind. The children explore how we can keep our bodies healthy thinking about diet, exercise but also what might be harmful to us.
At Seven Stars we recognise that each children learns and develops as an individual and we all see the world through different eyes. We encourage creativity in science by recording and reporting in a variety of ways using drama, ICT, models and observational drawing. You might find us recording our knowledge on T-shirts, tables or windows! We work practically as often as we can and celebrate new ways of recording and sharing our work.
5. Communication and language
Language is a key element in our scientific knowledge which is why scientific vocabulary can be seen throughout school. We aim for children to be able to think and explain like a scientist. Discussion and questioning is used in every lesson and children are encouraged to use key scientific language in their discussion and explanation.
Each class covers Science Objectives from the National Curriculum which are taught discretely in Science sessions once a week. We often invite visitors in to help us understand Science in the wider world and we take part in many extra-curricular activities such as gardening club and outdoor learning.
Our Science ambassadors from each class help promote our Science principles in the classroom and suggest new ways making sure Science has a strong grounding throughout school.
Science around School
At Seven Stars, each class has a science display board that shows what they are doing in science that term. It also shows the current key principles that we are focusing on in our lessons this year. We have science exercise books to record our individual work and big books to record our group investigations. We have a fantastic outdoor area which includes vegetable planters and our own eco greenhouse. There is a bug hotel and an area of trees and bushes which are great for nature exploration. Our science work is often displayed in the school corridor and at Science events in school like the Science Fair and dedicated assemblies.