We are dedicated to ensuring children experience Science in an engaging environment so they can develop both their skills and understanding of scientific enquiry. We are fortunate to have facilities such as the Science room and our expansive grounds for practical and inspiring science lessons.
These key resources ensure our teaching helps to shape the minds of the next generation of scientists.
We have close partnerships with other schools and organisations in the local community whose experts regularly visit St Michael’s and support the children in particular areas of the Science curriculum.
Children in KS2 are taught Science as a discrete subject.
We regularly plan activities to nurture a love of science, including special events such as Science Week, World Space Week and our Year 5 Space Camp-out.
Early Years examples: Investigation through play. Teachers guide the children and plan opportunities for them to learn while experimenting for themselves.
Key Stage 1 examples: Exploring the world around them; comparing and observing; noticing patterns; taking measurements; gathering and recording data; carrying out tests; discussing their results. Teachers provide opportunities for practical activities both inside and outside the classroom.
Key Stage 2 examples: Making predictions; planning fair tests and controlled variables using the correct scientific language; designing, setting up and carrying out experiments using scientific equipment; recording and presenting data; identifying new questions based on their conclusions; thinking critically about their own work and finding ways to improve it; using different media to present and justify their conclusions to a range of audiences. Teachers guide pupils to look for factors that may affect their data and recognise the importance of repeat measurements.
During our annual STEM week, young scientists from Nursery to Year 6 carry out scientific investigations and present their findings to their peers and teachers.
A project in each key stage is awarded the prestigious St Michael’s Nobel Prize for Science. The winners have their projects displayed in our Science Room, celebrating the progression of Science across our school.
“We are given responsibility and allowed to discover new things for ourselves.”