Being Scientists


Scientists ask questions about the world by looking closely at both big and small things, as well as things that cannot be seen easily. They constantly search for answers to understand the world better for everyone

How do we teach Science at Nova?

Science at Nova is linked to lines of enquiry where possible so children understand the context of their scientific learning, however many science lessons are also taught discretely.

In EY, teachers plan opportunities for children to learn and understand the world around them through guided teaching and high quality continuous provision. We teach the national curriculum programs of study in Y1-Y6 and have created a Nova ‘working scientifically’ progression document to teach specific scientific enquiry skills. These are grouped into the following experiment types: observing over time; fair testing; using secondary sources of information; grouping and classifying and pattern seeking.

When planning, teachers will assess children’s prior learning through and plan a careful sequence of learning opportunities for children to embed and apply key scientific knowledge, vocabulary and enquiry skills. Teachers use elicitation lessons at the start of science units to assess children’s initial understanding. At the end of each programme of study, children complete a knowledge quiz for teachers to assess children’s knowledge against key objectives. These scores are recorded for each programme of study to achievement and progress over time can be tracked.

Children’s individual scientific learning is evidenced in children’s Line of Enquiry books and experiential opportunities such as photos of science investigations are also evidenced. High expectations of presentation are expected to be seen in all books, with opportunities for children to embed their writing and maths skills.

You can read our science intent here:

Below you will find out national curriculum coverage documents as well as our working scientifically progression document:

What does Science learning look like at Nova?

Children have opportunities to use their writing skills to communicate their scientific knowledge and findings.
Children have opportunities for plentiful practical experiments which allow them to test their ideas.

Resources:

Science – BBC Bitesize

Leadership

Lauren Catchpole is our Lead Scientist who you can speak to to find out more about how we teach Science at Nova. Lauren teaches Science in all classes from Y2-Y6 as part of her PPA cover for teachers.

Priorities:

To embed use assessments across the school to improve science learning and outcomes.

To develop children’s scientific oracy and vocabulary.

To develop teachers’ expertise in teaching science to ensure they know why, what and how science is taught across the school.

To ensure all year groups learn about a diverse range of scientists.