At Kehelland School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
Currently, we split the children into appropriate age groups for teaching mixed aged classes in Science. We feel this is the 'best fit' in being able to deliver the curriculum coverage required. Weather permitting, we take the Reception children outdoors, where our two qualified "Wild Tribe" practitioners plan and deliver 'Forest schools' type activities. The Year 1 and 2 lessons are then planned and taught by the class teacher with the support of one classroom assistant. Year 3 and 4 lessons are planned and taught by the class 2 teacher with the support of a classroom assistant and the same for years 5 and 6. We currently have a 2 year rolling programme of study. Our aim is to provide as much 'hands on' practical experience as possible so the children are actively involved. We recognise the main aims of investigations are to build on predicting and planning skills, recording methods and discussing what we have found out. We then evaluate the evidence and suggest reasons why.
Each class has their own floor book where any evidence such as photos, examples of children's work, comments, observations, informal assessments and NC coverage are collated. The children also have their own books for their recordings. We assess the children either informally, through questionning, observations whilst carrying out investigations, discussions, marking work, or written tests. This can be done at the end of each unit or during a unit to inform planning. This becomes part of our monitoring process.