If you were to walk into a science lesson at King Athelstan, you would see a lesson that has both a practical and written element to it. We intend for all children to be curious about the world around them and, by the time children leave for secondary school, for them to be inquisitive scientists who have the knowledge and skills to understand the world around them and the tools that enable them to answer their unanswered questions and then ask new questions.
We believe that first hand experiences are essential when teaching high quality science lessons and our curriculum uses a wide variety of resources, whether it be practical resources from our science store, our extensive outdoor learning area, or high quality videos or pre-existing data, we use a range of different media to help achieve the desired learning. To support the children’s understanding and to develop their scientific vocabulary, knowledge organisers are used to aid long term memory. This combination of teacher input, emphasis on scientific vocabulary, practical learning and written aspects make the knowledge ‘sticky’ for the children, ensuring they: know more, remember more and do more, carrying their newly acquired knowledge into their new year group and on to secondary school.