Science is the study of natural phenomena in the world around us. At St Gabriel’s we recognise that all children bring a wealth of experiences and ideas about the world around them into the classroom. Through enquiry based science learning, we aim to develop and extend children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them through practical investigations, asking questions, making observations and interpreting their findings, in order to prepare them as lifelong learners in an increasingly science and technology dominated society.
As a whole school team, including staff, parents and children, we have developed 5 guiding principles that underpin all of the science teaching and learning at St Gabriel’s. We all agree that good science occurs in our school when:
Children are motivated to learn
Every lesson includes practical learning
Learning challenges children’s understanding
Learning encourages curiosity
Learning is linked to the real world
We are currently proud of the work by children and staff to ensure that our science curriculum is of a high standard. This has been recognised through St Gabriel’s becoming the first school in Pimlico to achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark (Silver Award). The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is the only national award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. Schools achieve a PSQM award through a year-long process of initial audit, followed by action and reflection.
We currently follow the ‘Switched on Science’ scheme of work in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Each half term has a different unit to engage children with science through improving their scientific understanding and developing their enquiry skills. To allow children to make scientific connections with other areas of learning, the units are linked to our Creative Curriculum topics.