At Canada Hill we aim to inspire the children to ask their own questions by generating curiosity at the outset of each unit. Practical hands on experiences, observations and investigations are at the heart of our scientific study wherein pupils have at least had some if not all of the control over the direction of the investigation. We aim to make sense of the world through: Pattern seeking; observing over time; fair testing; problem solving; exploring; and sorting and classifying.
Teachers will elicitate children’s understanding of the ‘Big Ideas’ in each unit of work so that children who may already have a firm grasp on these concepts can be challenged and set appropriate targets early on in the unit rather than wasting time going over ‘old ground’. Targets will be generic targets that are transferable for one unit of science to another rather than being content specific targets. Children have a knowledge test at the end of each unit created by their teacher to assess key facts. The teacher will also assess their
Teachers use demonstrations and real life examples to stimulate investigation as a class, in groups or as individuals. Children are expected to discuss, predict, plan, observe, report and explain activities and results. Teachers will try and teach the basic facts with pace so that students can get on to the application and investigation of these key ideas as soon as possible in the unit in order to deepen their learning and reinforce their understanding and make links with other areas of science within and without the curriculum.
We aim to make the most of the many links Science has with other topics as this helps to make the subject more meaningful for the children. We make strong links with ICT, Design and Technology, Maths, Literacy and many other subjects throughout the year, and at times use Science as the central theme for a few weeks of study.