At Ravensmead the children are taught science at least once a week over the year. Sometimes, due to the nature of the unit taught teachers decide to block the work and teach science for a few days, or even a whole week.
The children are taught life processes, materials and physical processes and throughout all of these units the children apply investigative skills and should do a form of experiment at least once a half term.
Each year we hold a science week in school, which coincides with the national science week across the country. This is an exciting time for the children and we invite specialists into school which gives science the ‘wow factor’.
We aim to take learning outside as much as we possibly can and the children are very fortunate to have the school garden and wildlife area to study life processes first hand. Science needs to be based around real life and the children at Ravensmead learn about the importance of science in the world around us.
Currently assessment takes place through detailed observations and end of unit tasks and tests. The teachers at Ravensmead build up a picture of what the children can do over the year and we report levels at the end of the academic year.
The new 2014 Science curriculum has brought a few changes to the curriculum and the staff are working hard to plan an exciting and progressive curriculum. Currently Y3/4 children are able to follow the new curriculum, with Y1 and Y5 able to follow this in September 2014. Due to the nature of the assessment and reporting arrangements from the government Y2 and Y6 still have to ensure coverage of the 1999 curriculum until 2015. We are still awaiting further information from the government and the local authority about what assessment will look like in science and so we will continue to use our already effective method of assessing the children until further notice.
The national curriculum for science 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 different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific 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.
There is a Science Ambassador in each class. These are a group of pupils chosen by their class to write a report about what they did in their science lesson, reporting back to the other Science Ambassadors and Mrs Hubbard, who is the Science Co-ordinator.
Keinan Y1H Harley Y1B William Y2W Evelyn Y2B Ethan Y3/4LC Samuel Y3/4H Harrison Y3/4C Dominic Y5/6R Harry Y5/6H Ryan Y5/6AN
It is their job to get the equipment out for the teachers and put it away at the end of the day.
The GREEN group are a group of children from Y2-Y6. This also includes members of staff, the school janitor and a school governor. The group of children are passionate about the world around them and want to make our school and local area more eco-friendly.
Currently we have the silver award and we are working towards achieving a Green Flag award.
Campaigns and events that the green group run are:
- Bags into Schools
- Switch Off Fortnight
- Waste Week
- Planting in the school garden
- Get Your Grown Ups Growing Afternoon
- Creating a bug hotel
- Composting, growing fruit and vegetables
- Class Eco Monitors
- Litter picking in the local area, we have signed a pledge to do three of these each year with the local council.
They meet every half term to discuss their action plan and progress that they have made towards the prestigious Green Flag Award.
If anybody wishes to help the green group in any way, please contact Mrs Hubbard or Mrs Weston