St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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What is Science at St. Norbert’s Primary School?

At St. Norbert's Catholic primary School we believe high quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils at St Norbert’s will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils will learn to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Science at St. Norbert’s will enthuse, excite and amaze pupils as they develop their understanding of the world around them.

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. It also states, that all pupils develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of Science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. In addition, we will ensure pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.

By the end of their time here at St. Norberts, pupils will have a firm foundation of skills which enable them to ‘work scientifically’ as well as a knowledge and understanding of some of the key principals for each aspect of Science that will enable them to make a smooth transition to KS3 – being Secondary Ready!

Working Scientifically at St Norbert’s:

At St Norbert’s we will develop children’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science for each year group in respect of ‘Working Scientifically’. Pupils will learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions through an ‘Enquiry’ led investigations. Pupils will be fully embedded within the knowledge content of biology, chemistry and physics, focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry. They will use understanding and skills of scientific enquiry through observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils at St. Norbert’s will be taught to seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.

St. Norbert’s pupils will enquire, observe, investigate and discover in their learning!

Useful Science Web-links

Create your own home or school experiments with Science Bob!
http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/

BBC Science Links for 4-11yr olds
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/science.shtml

Fun Interactive Science Games and Investigations
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html

Science Museum –Interactive Games and Information
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/online_science/games.aspx

Science – Visit the Children’s University accredited sites
http://www.peterboroughlearning.org.uk/peterborough-children-s-university.html

 

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