School Values in Science
Individual and unique:
When children start at Edwinstree in Year 5, they have often had varied experiences of science. We see everyone as an individual and present science to them in that way. We look at links to the wider world and see that not all scientists wear white coats. We can show students, by using different mediums during teaching, that no matter what their personal unique interests are, Science is of value to them. Science itself is a unique subject as it not only encompasses the disciplines, which individually and then combined, explain how this world and the organisms on it work, but it is also a combination of academic, theoretical and practical work. All students can and do, find aspects of science that they can excel at. This gives them confidence and an understanding that their own individuality is a strength, especially when students with different unique talents come together and work in a collegic way.
The beauty of teaching science in a middle school is multifactorial. Students are taught by specialist teachers, in purpose built laboratories from the age of nine years; unconstrained by SATS or GCSEs, we can focus our teaching of the national curriculum through practical and investigative work. This means students are engaged which enables them to learn, and in many instances, find their wonderful!
The science curriculum is designed to be challenging to all students, no matter of their ability, whilst supporting those who need it. We play our part in supporting the development of literacy and numeracy of our students, by embedding those core skills in our Schemes of Work. We also pride ourselves that students learn the majority of their science through practical investigations. During these times, students often have their 'wow' moment: when they see their own cells down a microscope, the first time they light a Bunsen burner and when they understand the patterns in the periodic table. These moments, if nurtured, provide society with our scientists of the future.
During science, we take time to explore outside of the curriculum and try not to be restricted just to classroom based learning. STEM days, external visitors and using the outside learning space, all enrich and give a fullness to the learning experience of our students.