Science is a 1-hour, weekly timetabled lesson at Beacon Primary for all pupils from Year 1 to Year 6.
We have a ‘core programme’ to deliver the new 2014 National Curriculum for science, ‘PlanBee’. Each topic within the scheme offers a sequence of lessons which enables children to ‘work scientifically’ and embed scientific language. Teachers endeavour to include a ‘practical learning element’ within every lesson. The following units are covered in each year group:
All year groups complete a half-termly scientific investigation linked to their science topic and this allows the children to further develop their practical and written recording skills. These units have also got a writing, maths and IT task to complete to demonstrate cross curricular links. Writing tasks are drafted in their science books and then their final draft is transferred into their writing books. Maths activities vary from drawing charts and graphs to using sorting diagrams to identify categories. IT plays a big role in science as we have resources such as cameras, digital thermometers, electric microscopes and use of laptops and iPads to research.
Science is growing every year at Beacon with the introduction of us celebrating National Science Week last year where real life scientists came and worked with the children to completing exciting and unique experiments. This year will see the introduction of each year group choosing an exciting experiment that they will design, conduct and write about during National Science Week, which falls on 8-17 March 2019.