Science and Design & Technology
I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairytale.
We believe that great scientists are great thinkers; full of imagination and curiosity to seek answers to questions seen around them. We aim through our science teaching to build on our pupils natural curiosity and wonder of the world around them, enabling them to build skills in posing questions , investigating with increased understanding of correct technique and a knowledge of how to analyse their results. Through purposeful, imaginative and accurate lessons pupils will have exposure to scientific knowledge to understand both the uses and implications of science, today and in the future.
Science is taught throughout all year groups. The aims and objectives from the National Curriculum have been taken and covered through our four year rolling long term plan which aims, whenever possible, to derive and relate to other curriculum areas to provide pupils with a more in depth and cohesive view of their areas of learning.
Pupils are taught to understand and use correct scientific vocabulary based on the objectives and skills being taught and practical ‘hands on’ learning is encouraged whenever possible. Teaching allows for a wide range of scientific enquiry, including pattern seeking, observation over time, classifying and grouping, undertaking comparative and fair testing, and researching using secondary sources.
Opportunities for outdoor learning are provided whenever possible.
Developing skills such as questioning, observing, gathering and recording data, and drawing conclusions are encouraged in every topic in every year group.
Design and Technology
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Through the teaching of Design and Technology we want our pupils to become astute and informed future consumers and potential innovators of tomorrows world. In projects pupils will be supported to combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices. They will be encouraged to reflect on and evaluate present and past design and technology, its uses and its impacts and from this reflection and evaluation question how objects work and their purpose.
Design and Technology is taught throughout the school to all year groups. The aims and objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum have been taken and covered through our four year rolling long term plan which aims, whenever possible, to derive and relate to other curriculum areas to provide pupils with a more in depth and cohesive view of their areas of learning.
Below is an example of progression throughout the school in textiles. From Key Stage 1 where they created their own dresses for a fairytale topic, to Key Stage 2 where pupils fully engaged with the design process, adapting, trialing, and making using patterns created by themselves. All pupils reflected and evaluated during the process as well as on their final piece.