At St Barnabas' we strongly promote children’s natural curiosity about the world and the love of Science. We believe that working scientifically through a ‘hands on approach’ is the most effective way for our pupils to learn scientific knowledge and skills. Our children are encouraged to act like scientists, asking questions about the world around them and finding answers through hands on investigations. By working scientifically through problems, our pupils develop and build a solid foundation that enable them to learn about the nature and processes of science. Teachers foster our pupils’ natural curiosity about the world around them and provide ample opportunities for them to test ideas, make discoveries and critically evaluate their results. Throughout the school - from Early Years to Year 6 - pupils are taught to use correct scientific vocabulary. Developing oracy is always at the heart of each lesson. As a result, our children grow in confidence and ability to discuss scientific phenomena, developing their scientific knowledge and skills at the same time.
We follow ‘The Science Programmes of Study’ of the National Curriculum. The core elements of the curriculum are built around developing knowledge and concepts. Our teaching is designed to ensure that each idea builds on the other from the Early Years to Year 1 and then through to Year 6.
Teachers use a variety of resources and strategies to make sure scientific concepts are accessible to all the pupils, such as hands on demonstrations, experiments, investigations, PowerPoints, videos, photos, natural objects, concept cartons, stories that explore the natural phenomenon and songs that help the children to consolidate Scientific vocabulary. Science practicals are generally carried out in mixed ability groups. The children record their Science learning in their Science books, with feedback given to pupils on how they can improve.
Science Learning is assessed against the end of year expectations.
Our school has developed links with a number of local organisations and charities that come to school to provide exciting meaningful workshops and experiences. For example:
- Learning about animals and their habitats through visiting Forest School in Belgrave Square
- Hatching eggs and looking after chicks with the Happy Chick Company
- Hygiene and handwashing sessions with the school nurse
We take full advantage of the school’s central location and our pupils have excellent enrichment opportunities through purposeful science trips (sometimes currently virtual), including visits to:
- The Science Museum
- The Natural History Museum
- National Archives
- Local parks and gardens
- The London Aquarium