At Elmgrove, we believe that science teaching and learning in our school is reflected in our principles for Science:
- Science lessons are practical for all learners
- Science lessons are well resourced and allow learners to observe and explore
- Science is not taught in isolation but makes meaningful links with the rest of the curriculum
- Science learning is fun and enjoyable for all learners
- Scientific curiosity is valued and respected by all
The medium term planning for science meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. We break down the objectives into topics and these are planned by teachers into weekly lessons. Science is taught as a discrete subject and meaningful links are made with other subjects. Progression is planned so that children are able to make progress with their scientific thinking and skills as they progress through the school.
Science is assessed as a core subject in our school with all classes reporting in standards in Science each term. National data is published for end of each key stage at the end of the academic year in Year 2 and 6. EYFS also reports on scientific attainment at the end of Reception using the understanding of the world statements from the Early Years Framework.
Visits and Workshops
All of our children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of trips and visits linked to Science throughout their time at Elmgrove. Visits include visiting Kew Gardens, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. We have had workshops from the Chelsea Physic Garden, Ranger Stu and have had STEM ambassadors visiting classes to share their experiences of working within scientific careers. Elmgrove has also linked with Harrow High so that children in Year 5 and 6 can visit the science laboratories and experience secondary school science.
Every year Elmgrove participates in National Science Week, usually held in the second week in March, which is a week of Science learning with a specific focus. All classes plan and take part in scientific learning to expand their curiosity and enjoy science lessons every day for that week.