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Science Policy

September 2016

 

Aims and Objectives

Science at Bradley Primary School is about children being prepared for an increasingly scientific and technological age.  We believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a respect of their environment.

 

Through hands on/practical science we aim to:

  • Improve achievement in Science across the key stages.
  • Use appropriate programme(s) of study in Science to maximise the potential of all pupils in our school.
  • Ensure the continuation of scientific skills development through the key stages.
  • Provide quality teaching and learning experiences, delivered as both discreet and integrated topic sessions
  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
  • Help to children to develop a concern about, and active care for, our environment.
  • Help our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas.
  • Help to develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
  • Develop our children’s understanding of the global and collaborative nature of science.
  • Promote the relevance of science to children’s daily life.
  • Promote and celebrate scientific achievement throughout the school.
  • Develop investigation skills including (where appropriate for topic and year group): observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.

 

National Curriculum Coverage

We cover the National Curriculum using the LPDS National Curriculum Support Materials as a guide.

 

Equal Opportunities

  • All children in our school are entitled to science lessons in line with the National Curriculum and differentiated to their level of ability.
  • Children’s experiences of Science in Bradley School will be in line with our Equal Opportunities Policy.

 

Inclusion

In school we aim to meet the needs of all of our children by differentiation in our science planning and in providing a variety of approaches and tasks appropriate to all ability levels.  This will allow pupils with learning and/or physical needs to take an active part in scientific learning and make progress.  This differentiation should include the provision for AGT learners; they should be regularly given the opportunity to extend/deepen their understanding of scientific learning through planned enriching activities.

  • Pupils with special educational needs will be catered for in line with the school’s Special Needs Policy.
  • Pupils identified as AGT learners will be catered for in line with the school’s AGT policy.

 

Health and Safety

  • Appendix CLEAPSS “Model Health and Safety Policy for Science in Primary Schools”
  • ASE Be safe publication, main copy kept in the staff library.
  • Safety issues are highlighted in medium and short term plans.

 

Role of the Subject Leader

  • Take the lead in monitoring planning to ensure that the entire curriculum is covered.
  • Monitoring pupil attainment throughout school.
  • Monitoring curriculum developments and implementing best practice within the school (in consultation with SLT).
  • Monitoring training needs of staff.
  • Monitoring the teaching of science through:
  1. Lesson observations
  2. Learner interview.
  3. Book scrutiny.
  4. Science Portfolios.
  5. Planning scrutiny.
  6. Teacher self assessments.
  7. Informal discussion.
  • Support staff in their science teaching.

 

Resources Organisation

  • Resources are kept in a central store in each key stage.
  • Lists of centrally held resources are kept in the cupboards and in the coordinator’s files

 

Date for Policy Review and who is responsible

The policy is due for review July 2017.  It is the responsibility of the co-ordinator to review and update the policy as necessary.  The SLT should agree and sign off any amendments to the science policy.   It is the responsibility of the co-ordinator to advise the teaching staff of changes to policy and the impact this has on the teaching and learning of science at Bradley Primary School.

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