Science Policy

Introduction

This policy outlines the teaching, organisation and management of the Science taught and learnt at The Link School. The school’s policy for Science follows The National Curriculum 2014 for Science Guidelines and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics; 
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through a variety of different scientific enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them; 
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. 
  • are encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. 

Where suitable, adaptations have been made to suit our school’s environment and ethos. 

Aims

  • to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life 
  • to build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world 
  • to use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science 
  • to introduce pupils to the language and vocabulary of science 
  • to develop pupils’ basic practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements 
  • to develop pupils’ use of computing in their science studies. 
  • to extend the learning environment for our pupils via our environmental areas and the locality 
  • to promote a ‘healthy lifestyle’ in our pupils. 

Objectives 

The following objectives derived from the above aims will form the basis of our decisions when planning a scheme of work. Assessment will also be related to these objectives: 

  • to develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science and an appreciation of its contribution to all aspects of everyday life. 
  • to develop a knowledge and appreciation of the contribution made by famous scientists to our knowledge of the world including scientists from different cultures 
  • to encourage pupils to relate their scientific studies to applications and effects within the real world 
  • to develop a knowledge of the science contained within the programmes of study of the National Curriculum. 

To build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe of the natural world 

  • to develop in pupils a general sense of enquiry which encourages them to question and make suggestions 
  • to encourage pupils to predict the likely outcome of their investigations and practical activities 

To use a planned range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science 

  • to provide pupils with a range of specific investigations and practical work which gives them a worth-while experience to develop their understanding of science 
  • to develop progressively pupils’ ability to plan, carry out and evaluate simple scientific investigations and to appreciate the meaning of a ‘fair test’. 

To develop the ability to record results in an appropriate manner including the use of diagrams, graphs, tables and charts 

  • to introduce pupils to the language and vocabulary of science 
  • to give pupils regular opportunities to use the scientific terms necessary to communicate ideas about science 
  • to develop pupils’ basic practical skills and their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements 
  • within practical activities give pupils opportunities to use a range of simple scientific measuring instruments such as thermometers and force meters and develop their skill in being able to read them. 

To develop pupils’ use of ICT in their science studies 

  • to give pupils opportunities to use ICT (video, digital camera, data logger) to record their work and to store results for future retrieval throughout their science studies 
  • to give pupils the chance to obtain information using the internet. 

You can read our full Science Policy by downloading the PDF below.

  Science Policy.PDF

Contact

Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk