Miss Hodson – Science Lead
I have always loved Science, I have always been aware of how wondrous the world that we live in is and from a very young age I have always questioned everything. My family love books and so I was able to go and find answers to the questions that I had (the internet didn’t exist then). I love animals and had lots of pets so I learnt the science behind caring for them, what food they needed, what bedding they needed and why. I was fortunate enough to volunteer at Southport Zoo and that provided me with amazing experiences (like stroking a lioness), more answers and even more questions.
Science is the only subject that is limitless, there are always new developments being made (which leads to more questions) in every area from space travel to environmental issues to dealing with the current global pandemic.
As a teacher, I love helping children to find answers to their questions, I am a firm believer that there are no silly questions. Why is my favourite word to hear in the classroom, I believe that children should be encouraged to question everything and supported in finding answers to their questions. There would be no inventions, no advancement in medicine if people didn’t ask why. I love the look of wonder in children’s faces during enquiries when they find answers to their own questions.
The world is changed by people who ask why!
Our vision is to provide our children and families with a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment. We learn together in a Christian community, we strive for excellence for our children to enable them to become confident within the school setting, church parish and the wider community.
At St Anne (Stanley) each child is supported to enable them to reach their full potential through a carefully planned Science curriculum that builds on children’s natural curiosity of the world around them. Through Science, we encourage our children to formulate their own questions and explore these through methodical investigations of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of their surrounding environment and the wider world. Through our Science curriculum, we model and support our children in questioning science-based issues that may impact their generation and future generations.
We endeavour to develop our children’s scientific knowledge and understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. They develop their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through various types of enquiry that enable them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. We ensure our children are armed with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
To enable children to achieve these aims we provide an exciting curriculum to promote and develop effective learning in Science. We ensure continuity and progression in Science through collaboration with colleagues and a well-planned and sequence of learning. Together, we provide a wide range of opportunities to develop and apply investigative skills in a variety of settings. At St Anne (Stanley) we provide excellent and innovative resources to ensure effective teaching and learning, we ensure that children are provided with a safe environment in which to explore Science.
At St Anne (Stanley) we provide a high-quality Science curriculum that embraces individual needs and mental and physical well-being in a safe and enriching learning environment. Children are supported in developing a progressive Scientific vocabulary which is supported through classroom displays and knowledge organisers to enable and encourage independent learning.
We have adapted the Association for Science Education scheme of work to meet National Curriculum requirements and ensure full coverage. We have clear progression of skills frameworks from EYFS to KS2 to ensure children are provided with a structured, progressive, inclusive and creative curriculum which creates opportunities for each child individually to reach their full potential and to know and remember more.
All teachers are provided opportunities to develop their subject specific knowledge and skills through subject specific training both internally and externally as teaching staff and in individual year groups. We also participate in Science moderation across the Local Authority to ensure that our teacher assessments are both consistent and accurate.
Our Science curriculum, endeavours to develop our children’s knowledge and understanding alongside a progressive and correct use of Scientific subject specific vocabulary. It details clear progression of the individual elements of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Working Scientifically. Our knowledge organisers equip our children with key learning relating to each unit of work, along with key vocabulary to support them in learning and remembering more. Through a range of assessment activities, at a distance of each topic’s learning, our children are provided with ample opportunities to revisit key knowledge and vocabulary across year groups and key stages.
To support learning and retaining of subject specific ideas and vocabulary, each classroom uses an agreed format for display boards to showcase children’s work and provide them with reference points to secure learning.
At St (Anne) Stanley we foster and encourage unity between home, church and the wider community through clear communication and clear expectations of learning objectives. Our Science curriculum broadens are children’s horizons through exposure to new experiences for example, whole-school visits to Chester Zoo, Minibeast Rangers visits and museum visits.
During Key Stage 1 and 2, there is formative and summative assessment of Science according to the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science. Formative assessment of children’s learning is a continuing monitoring of children’s knowledge, understanding and skills against learning objectives for each unit of work. We support this form of assessment by clear and direct lesson plans which set out a clear expectation for the children, levels of support required to meet these expectations and ways in which these may be exceeded. We also incorporate a range of quizzes and activities to enable children to revisit and recap key information. Formative assessment is used to inform differentiation, support and challenge during lessons.
Summative assessment of children’s learning in Science takes place at a distance from the unit of work for example, at the beginning of a new topic to establish prior knowledge and at a distance of the end of the unit to assess how much information has been retained. This is achieved through a variety of activities such as: quizzes, matching activities and planning an investigation. These assessments are recorded as: “working towards” the outlined objectives, “meeting expectations” or “exceeding expectations”. This information is given to the Science Lead who collates and analyses the data to identify possible focus groups and trends relating to different groups of learners including children with SEND and EAL. The impact of the curriculum is further measured through a variety of monitoring methods such as: book scrutinies, lesson visits, learning walks and pupil voice.