‘If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants’ – Isaac Newton
With learning challenges like – Can you see me? Why is Usain Bolt so fast? We are rock detectives! Which came first: the fruit or the blossom? – Science at Brockwell develops natural curiosity.
We aim to deliver excellence in science learning so children develop a love and respect for a subject that constantly seeks to discover the truth in its findings, and adapts as new evidence is uncovered, adding to or replacing older knowledge and wisdom. We want our children to develop a sense of curiosity and excitement as they take their own steps on this journey. We want our pupils to develop rigorous skills – make predictions based on prior knowledge,using these in a systematic way, and seeking an explanation for their results. We want our children to take these skills on to the next stage of their education so they are able to seek and identify truth, clarity and validity.
Children learn best when they are actively and creatively involved and this is reflected in our approach to the teaching of science. The learning challenges are progressive and include experimental and investigative work alongside knowledge acquisition. Children talk about and record their findings in appropriate ways. Each year, the children engage with national curriculum requirements with opportunity to revisit them in the context of enrichment and STEM links.
Snap Science, Science Directions, Rising Stars and ‘Clued Up’ are specific resources we use.
Science enrichment takes place in school during routine sessions and in other locations such as Magna. Science Week is promoted through Seesaw as a whole school STEM initiative each year.
The curriculum is further enriched with STEM opportunities using our 3D printer, Oxbot, robotics and digital embroidery machine on site.
We also use the opportunities afforded to us by our local community, for example investigating the science behind building towers at ‘The Crooked Spire’ and Chesterfield Museum.
A wide range of skills such as teamwork, resilience and accuracy are developed in science. Softer skills such patience and determination are also fostered.