Our approach to Science
At Belleville Wix Academy, we believe that working scientifically through a ‘hands on approach’ is the most effective way for our children to learn about science. This allows the children to be an active part of their own learning which is then reinforced by the scientific knowledge behind the concept they are investigating. Key knowledge and scientific discovery are focused on in every lesson though problems and real life contexts and our children develop and build a solid foundation to learn about the nature and processes of science. We endeavour to develop children’s natural curiosity about the world around them and to question how things work. As a result, our children are enthusiastic about science and gain solid scientific knowledge, whilst developing the skills necessary for testing and investigation.
Science is taught to all children from Year 1 to Year 6 twice a week throughout the school year. We ensure that there is time to investigate, discover and question in every lesson. Our children develop their scientific knowledge and understanding in half termly units of work through focusing on key disciplines of the curriculum. We have worked hard on ensuring that each lesson builds on the knowledge that they have learnt, both in other years and previous lessons.
Core Curriculum Elements
Our science curriculum is based on the National Curriculum.
The core elements of our curriculum are built around:
Developing knowledge and concepts
Our children are taught in progressive blocks covering key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. Our teaching is designed to ensure that each idea builds on the other from early on in Year 1 through to Year 6. The key ideas included are:
- Biology: Life processes i.e. looking at the structure and function of plants and animals; identifying and classifying organisms; life cycles of and interdependence between living things.
- Chemistry: Describing and using, changing, mixing and separating materials.
- Physics: Light and sound, electricity, forces and about the earth in space.
Fundamental scientific skills are explicitly taught and then embedded within each lesson. Although not taught as a separate strand, our ‘hands on approach’ ensures that these are a part of every single lesson so that they progress as the children’s ability to ask more scientific questions and draw conclusions from investigations, develops.
We make sure that the children have the opportunity to see as much of the science they are studying in a real life context in lessons and through purposeful science trips to places of interest in London and beyond.
- Clapham Common is an ideal resource to observe the changes in seasons
- Visiting the many exhibitions Science Museum
- Visiting Kew Gardens to focus on Life Processes, in particular plants.
- Visiting Wandsworth Waste and Recycling Centre to look at the human impact in the local area.
- Barnes Wetlands Centre to look at different habitats.
- The Planetarium at the Royal Greenwich Observatory enhances our learning about the Earth in space.