The Science Curriculum
At St Peter’s Science is taught following the National Curriculum objectives delivered across the two year rolling programme. This is within phase teams of Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6. The objectives are covered in each unit using a variety of practical and theory based lessons. Where possible, children are engaged in practical tasks such as investigating independently through group work, recording data and discussing their findings. Children are encouraged to make predictions before an investigation commences, to work scientifically throughout the investigation and to present or discuss what they found out. Where possible, staff have given children the opportunity to look at the local environment to help them understand the world around them, encourage awe and wonder for our beautiful Earth and model questioning about what we would like to know more about. Through visits to places of local interest, the understanding of the natural world is deepened for the children e.g. whole school visits to The Seated Man on the North York Moors and Saltholme RSPB Nature Reserve. Where possible, outside speakers who offer their services are invited to visit school, and in recent years we have welcomed a number of colleagues from the NHS to talk to the children either by raising aspirations for future careers or by having wellbeing sessions in order to support mental wellbeing. Outside agencies, such as Northumbrian Water, have delivered whole school input in relation to the environment through a theatre production. Other activities, such as Space Camp, Eco-Team, Gardening Club and the Lego Club have allowed the children to access science based activities supporting STEM learning and enrichment.