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The Department for Education explains that a high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science is all around us. Our pupils learn how to cherish the natural world that we live in. They learn about the importance of science in the world we live in and the pivotal role it plays in shaping our futures.  All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. (The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 1 and 2 framework document 2013.) 

At St White’s School, our aim is for our pupils to learn more science so they remember more science so they can do and apply more science.  

We teach Science using National Curriculum objectives that are mapped into a 2 year rolling programme. The objectives are sequenced to build on prior learning and ensure that, where possible, there is a balance of physics, chemistry and biology taught each year. Our curriculum overview shows clear progression of both skills and knowledge. In addition, our pupils build up an extended scientific vocabulary which is embedded throughout their learning and used by the pupils in their communication of their scientific understanding. As well as the learning of scientific knowledge, the pupils are taught to develop their enquiry skills. They learn that being a scientist means challenging existing ideas, challenging the findings of their own enquiries and asking lots of questions. The pupils are taught to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. Pupils are given opportunities to discuss their ideas and make links with prior learning. Our pupils learn to show enthusiasm and courage when sharing their ideas and designing their own enquiries; they learn that scientists do not always get things right first time and that being a scientist is all about making mistakes and learning from them. We understand that in order to truly embed scientific knowledge into a child’s long term memory, they need to have plenty of experience of the knowledge and the opportunity to apply it in a range of contexts.  

Science Capital is very important to us. We aim to raise the interest, enjoyment and experiences of science for every pupil in our school. In order to do this, we look for opportunities to bring in ‘real life’ people with experience of science in their everyday lives e.g. food nutritionist, school nurse. We have an annual Science Week and as a part of this, we hold an Aspirations Day when pupils get the opportunity to talk to adults from a range of different professions, some of which will have links to science. We provide our pupils with events and activities such as trips to the Cheltenham Science Festival and our whole school Great Science Share Fair which engage, enthuse and excite them. We are very lucky to have such fantastic school grounds and, in addition to Forest School, we utilise our outdoors areas for learning at every opportunity.
St White's awarded Primary Science Quality Mark
We are very proud to announce that, after lots of hard work, we have been awarded a quality mark in science! Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is a school improvement programme for primary science, which provides professional development for subject leaders and the school that they teach in. Our science lead, Miss Underwood, has worked hard to raise the profile of science in our school and to enthuse our children with a keen interest in all things STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
Thank you to all the teachers and the children for their hard work in upholding out science vision and principles.
Throughout our curriculum, pupils conduct their own enquiries and develop their working scientifically skills. 
How can I support my child in science?
1. Be interested
Find out about their termly topics (you will find the knowledge organiser on the class webpage) and take an interest - find relevant books in the library, do some research and brush up your own knowledge on the topic! Then you can have interesting conversations where you are both learning at the same time.
2. Take a trip
Why not take a trip to a science museum, a zoo or an aquarium? These visits can help develop children's curiosity and engagement with science.
3. Make it personal
Find out about famous scientists and research unique and exciting inventions up to and including the present day. Who knows, you may have the next Stephen Hawking or Marie Curie at home!
4. Get hands-on
Look up fun, practical science experiments you can do at home with everyday objects.
For example: 
  • Ask 'What happens when you mix food colouring in milk?' Then add washing up liquid and watch what happens.
  • Cooking is also a great opportunity to mix ingredients, add heat and examine changing states.
  • Try exploring changing states with ice and water to begin to see those changes that can be reversed and those that can't.
  • A real favourite would have to be 'gloop' - use water and cornflour to explore solids and liquids. Just be prepared to get messy!
  • Look here for some more ideas - Easy Science Experiments
Anything where you can be hands-on and see the science happen in front of your eyes is guaranteed to get them interested.

We use oracy to support our learning in science. In LKS2, we reinforce our knowledge of the water cycle by narrating it using key vocabulary.