Curriculum Overview and Policy
Download: Science Policy 2019 [PDF]
School vision for the teaching of Science
Our vision in St Oswald’s is for all pupils to have access to an engaging science curriculum that encourages curiosity and discovery. We want science to be viewed and appreciated as a core subject with a high profile within our school curriculum. To achieve this, we will work to ensure that all children develop scientific skills that progressively offer an understanding of the world we live in and beyond. We will continue to work hard at maintaining the links between science and other subjects such as maths, computing, DT and geography.
When the children think of science as a school subject, they should not view it within the isolation of a single science lesson delivered once a week.
As a school, it is our job to offer a curriculum, which delivers the essential scientific knowledge, but also maintains the freedom and flexibility for the children to arrive at this knowledge through their own enquiries and discoveries.
One of the three aims for the new science curriculum of 2014 is for children to be ‘equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future’. To make this possible, St Oswald’s will endeavour to provide children with exciting experiences that are not just based in the classroom but also take place in the school grounds and on trips out of school. As much as possible, we will try to give children as many opportunities to get hands-on with their science work; as this is when they can really grow as independent learners. Through these experiences we hope to develop a life-long love of science within our children which can drive them on to discover its relevance in our world and its strong appeal as an exciting career choice.
Please find below a range of website suggestions that can be used to support learning in science for primary aged children.
Discovery Education/Espresso – Huge amount of free video clips, interactive games and learning tools:
External Link: http://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/free-resources
BBC Bitesize Clips – Recently updated with interactive learning games, videos and quizzes:
External Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z2pfb9q
External Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights/curations/z9njqty
Channel4leaning ‘Science Essentials’ – Lots of fun interactive games for KS2:
External Link: http://www.channel4learning.com/apps26/learning/microsites/E/essentials/science/index.shtml
Science Museum in London (Online Science section) – Host of games, news and discoveries:
External Link: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/online_science
How stuff works – Promotes scientific enquiry with videos, articles etc. about the world around us:
External Link: http://science.howstuffworks.com/
Discovery kids – Science based games, puzzles and activities:
External Link: http://discoverykids.com/
Today in Science History – Information about important scientific discoveries through history:
External Link: https://todayinsci.com/home.htm
WWF – Environmental resources to educate children about taking care of the planet and its life:
External Link: https://www.wwf.org.uk/get-involved/schools/resources
Amazing Space – Learn about astronomy, space, telescopes, stars, discoveries. Includes “Tonight’s Sky” constellations, deep sky objects and planets:
External Link: http://amazingspace.org/
24/7 Science – A variety of science experiments and activities, as well as games and citizen science opportunities:
External Link: http://static.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/