At Cottesmore, we recognise that science is an important aspect of our everyday lives. Science learning is vital to our world’s future success. As a school we wish to prepare our pupil’s for life in an ever changing and increasingly scientific and technological world. We are committed to providing the pupils with tools and experiences to be able to understand new technologies, their health and other important aspects of life, such as impact on our environment and how our choices influence the world around us. Our children will confidently be able to make sense of the world, by using their scientific knowledge and understanding, gained from carefully structured science lessons. We are preparing our pupils for future scientific study by building strong foundations to help them in later life. We want them to have growth mindsets, so they can enjoy science learning and tackle challenges they face daily.
We want to inspire the children to use their scientific knowledge, to make a difference in the world. They can be whatever they want to be: a science teacher, a geologist, an astronaut, a biochemist, a psychologist, a doctor, an engineer or a forensic scientist. The options are endless! They will be exposed to learning about different scientists, who have had a positive impact on the world, as we know it today.
Cottesmore works hard to provide a rich, balanced and coherently planned science curriculum, which has been successfully adapted to meet our children’s needs. It has clear progression of knowledge and skills across all key stages, with clearly planned lessons, that provide them with quality learning opportunities and challenges their thinking. Alongside this, we have developed knowledge organisers, to allow the children, parents and teachers to see what the children have already learnt, what they are going to learn, key vocabulary and key scientists related to the topic. Sharing this information with parents, enables them to build upon the knowledge the children are learning at school. The children will be exposed to memorable scientific experiments and explorations designed to develop their curiosity about the world. These experiments will be related to the children's personal lives, linking them to their local area and current scientific study. They have the opportunity to use a wide variety of scientific resources related to their topics; good quality resources are key. We will use our forest school to give the children hands on practical experiences, enabling them to be curious, independent and inquisitive within a safe environment. They will be able to develop their confidence, teamwork skills, resilience and problem-solving skills all whilst learning the wonders of the world. They will be able to discover new things, through specific STEM opportunities.
We want the children to be immersed in science, making cross curricular links and confidently use scientific vocabulary accurately to express their ideas. Science at our school links to all aspects of the wider curriculum. We link our science lessons to PE, history, geography and fair-trade/eco. Our science lessons encourage children to have the respect, thankfulness and pride in living things and the world around us. Knowing that God has a special plan for all of us is at the heart of our learning and therefore we should all make the most of all learning opportunities. We want our children to dare to dream and always have hope in what they can achieve as scientists.
What Science looks like at Cottesmore:
At Cottesmore we take pride in the science opportunities we provide. The children explore hands on science experiences through our science workshops and forest school. We also run a science club every week, where children across all year groups can participate. Look at some photos of the opportunities we provide.
How can you support your child at home with Science ?
Science is a way of thinking and knowing about the natural and physical processes of the world we live in. While the importance of science in our everyday lives may not always be obvious, we make countless science-based choices every day. These can be from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we go to bed. From the alarm clock that wakes you up in the morning, the kettle you put on for a cup of tea or coffee, the car you drive, the bus or train you travel on and even to the mobile phone you use. Doing and experiencing science daily develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, organise and test our ideas, problem solve and apply what we learn. At Cottesmore we take pride in the science opportunities we provide. The children explore hands on science experiences through our science workshops and forest school. We also run a science club every week, where children across all year groups can participate. Look at some photos of the opportunities we provide.
Websites you can use to help enhance Science learning at home:
Key questioning you can use with the children at home:
A few examples to get your started: