Science at SKA

Intent

The aim of Science at South Kirkby Academy is to provide a progressive Science curriculum that enables pupils to gain a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of Science. Our curriculum is designed to build pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world, using key questions and visual ‘hooks’ to engage and provoke thinking.

Implementation

The school uses a clear, wide-ranging scheme of work determined by the programmes of study of the National Curriculum. Knowledge-rich lessons are planned sequentially to build on learners’ prior knowledge, achievement and experiences and to deepen learning. As effective communication is at the heart of our curriculum, our children are familiarised with the language and vocabulary of Science through abundant opportunities to read research material and to write or speak about scientific findings from their own experiments with an audience in mind. All children have access to the science curriculum and its associated practical activities which are timetabled to two hours per week. Where appropriate, work is adapted to meet pupils’ needs and, if appropriate, extra support given and more able pupils are suitably challenged. Gender and cultural differences will be reflected positively in the teaching materials used. Investigations and practical activities are used to support pupils to gain a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of Science. Specialist pieces of equipment will be used to enrich the curriculum, which pupils will be taught to use safely. Trips and visits are also organised, where applicable, to enhance the learning experience and increase motivation towards Science.

Impact

 

Science at South Kirkby Academy will ensure that all children reach their full potential and are prepared for the next stage in their educational journey. Our children will gain a variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry, and will be able to draw upon a richer vocabulary, enabling them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts. Pupils will show high aspirations, resilience and confidence which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.

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SMSC in Science

Spiritual

Spiritual education in Science involves the search for meaning and purpose in natural and physical phenomena. It is the wonder about what is special about life, an awe at the scale of living things from the smallest micro-organism to the largest tree and the interdependence of all living things and materials of the Earth. It concerns the emotional drive to know more and to wonder about the world and aesthetically appreciate its wonders including for example the enormity of space and the beauty of natural objects or phenomenon, plants, animals, crystals, rainbows, the Earth from space etc.

 

Moral

Moral education in Science encourages pupils to become increasingly curious, to develop open mindedness to the suggestions of others and to make judgements on evidence not prejudice. Students realise that moral dilemmas are often involved in scientific developments. When considering the environment the use of further natural resources and its effect on future generations is an important moral consideration.

 

Social

Social education involves group practical work which provides opportunities for pupils to develop team working skills and to take responsibility. Pupils must take responsibility for their own and other people’s safety when undertaking practical work. Science has a major effect on the quality of our lives. Pupils are encouraged to consider the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments and the social responsibility involved.

 

Cultural

Cultural education in Science involves thinking of scientific discoveries as much of a part of our culture as great music and films. Credit is given to scientific discoveries of other cultures. Science is also seen as a contemporary activity and developments are made all over the modern world. It is therefore an activity undertaken by a wide range of men and women in many different cultures both now and in the past. The interdependence of the world in environmental issues is central to science.

How our 4 school values are evidenced in Science...

 

Dedication

We strive to do our best!

We show dedication in our accurate recording of measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with accuracy and precision. We will also take repeat readings when appropriate.

    

Aspiration

We achieve success!

Through regular verbal and written feedback, our pupils are encouraged to learn from any mistakes and to be successful in all areas of maths. Pupils learn from mistakes and understand that in science all findings are relevant and any idea is valid if supported by evidence.

Co-operation

We work together as a team! 

We work together to make our own decisions about what observations to make, what measurements to use and how long to make them for. We can also decide whether to repeat them and choose the most appropriate equipment to make measurements. We can work collaboratively torecord and present our results.

 

 

Inspiration

We are excited about our learning!

We offer a wide range of experiences in science such as trips and visitors into school. We also have themed science days and a wide range of scientific resources. We take science outside and explore our natural environment. Children’s work is regularly celebrated in class and during whole school assemblies.

 

South Kirkby, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 3DP

01977 643187

enquiries@skacademy.org.uk