Science is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the world whilst developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry in order to develop every child’s full potential. At Rougham, excellence in science is developed and achieved through continuous questioning, both adult and child-led, and assessment in lessons. Children are encouraged to discuss and share their learning and knowledge, enabling any misconceptions to be addressed and thus ensuring children have a secure understanding of science concepts.
Science lessons at Rougham are carefully planned in small steps enabling children to use and apply their learning and deepen their understanding of the content taught. Teachers ensure links to prior learning are made throughout units, once again enabling children to develop their understanding of science. Working scientifically skills and scientific enquiry skills are also built on year on year which encourage children to think and work as scientists.
Our approach to science and our SHINE curriculum both have the same principle: everyone can learn and enjoy science. At Rougham, we believe every child should and can access the learning in science and can do this with success. We have various ways of teaching science, including hands-on, practical experiments and investigations, teacher-led demonstrations and research-based tasks. All children are given the same opportunities to develop their learning and understanding in science in order to achieve their full potential.
In Science, we intend to nurture and grow the natural curiosity and enquiry within children, creating a desire to explore and question the hows and whys of the world around them and to recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life. Children are encouraged to discuss, ask questions and explain their thoughts and ideas. At Rougham, we intend to teach a science SHINE curriculum that develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge which enables children to become enquiry-based learners.
At Rougham, we aim to create learning opportunities which develop a sense of excitement, enjoyment and curiosity amongst the children. Throughout their time at Rougham Primary, children partake in many enrichment days, including bird day and science day with visiting STEM ambassadors, to develop their understanding of science and to recognise science in daily life. Other experiences outside of the classroom include a visiting space dome to consolidate understanding of the space topic, a class trip to Foxburrow farm to develop learning on plants and a Year 6 residential to Aylmerton studying animal habitats.