At Ellison Primary Academy, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we understand how it underpins all of the basic knowledge about the world around us and therefore is vitally important to our children’s development; understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through BIG questions they want to find the answers to. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. Through half termly units, we aim to develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. Children will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. During lessons, the children will be immersed in scientific vocabulary, which will aid their knowledge and understanding, not only of the unit they are studying, but of the world around them. We aim to ensure that every child engages with Science which they will be encouraged to relate to their own personal general knowledge and want to share therefore building a positive relationship that they will develop throughout their education. As our vision states ‘Science at Ellison feeds our children’s inquisitive questions with an insight into how and why things are as they are. It encourages them to explore concepts independently, taking risks and experimenting with their ideas’.
‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Working Scientifically skills are embedded into every lesson to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the school and the children are made aware of these and how it applies to their learning. New vocabulary is explained to support their learning and to allow the children to work independently.
Ellison Primary Academy provides engaging, high-quality science learning, that ensures our children understand the world and are equipped with scientific skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and to support future careers which will undoubtedly involve scientific processes. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local businesses, children have the understanding that science has changed lives for the better and that it is vital to the world’s future and that of future generations. All children learn the possibilities for careers in science, as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association/Primary Science Teaching Trust/Ogden Trust and learn from and work with professionals from a range of different scientific backgrounds. These high expectations result in independent learners who are curious and motivated to learn more.