Science

IMG_0264 RThe Science Curriculum at The Roche School is based on the Programmes of Study, initially set by the Department for Education. The programme develops the ‘big ideas in science’ which, in turn, are used to structure content within each topic and identify conceptual gaps. Pupils build continually on prior learning as they develop their understanding of key ideas.

In The Early Years, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). Through ‘Understanding the World’, children make sense of their physical world and community by exploring, observing and discovering people, places, technology and the environment.

In Key Stage One, the focus is on Our Changing World, including the Seasons, Plants and Animals. Pupils understand how our senses are used to perceive the world around us and the children investigate Materials through identification and classification.

In Key StageIMG_0300 R Two, we continue to focus on Plants and Animals through scientific enquiry and knowledge. Pupils study Rocks, Light and Sound, Forces and Magnets. In Years 5 and 6 continued enq
uiry focusses on Living Things and there is a  closer look at how materials change. New topics include Earth and Space as well as Electricity – in readiness for KS3.

Assessment is an essential part of children having the tools to improve and extend their understanding and achievement. Learning intentions are “set” which children achieve or exceed, while “success criteria” outline goals. Every child has the opportunity to achieve in every lesson: individual feedback allows pupils to assume responsibility for their own learning, set goals and become independent learners.

Enrichment: Each year, teachers are keen to find new and established external challenges for our pupils. Perhaps they will learn to build shelters in the great outdoors,  get close to birds of prey or visit The Royal Institute of Science. Science week brings scientific enquiry to life through a range of topics, Flight, for example, or a Crime Scene Investigation.  Science Clubs run after school and visitors working in the world of Science come to talk about their jobs. All these events have a great impact on the enjoyment of Science throughout the school as well as levels of achievement.

 

 

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Upper School Parents Meetings 18th/19th October

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STEM Week – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at The Roche School

The week commencing 3rd October will be STEM Week at The Roche School, based around the theme of Water. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, so the week will involve many exciting experiments, challenges and construction activities. On  Monday 3rd October, STEM Week will be kicked off by a special whole school assembly centred on the theme of ‘Water’, led by a special guest…Science Man. Throughout the day every class will have a workshop looking at the importance of water, uses of water and water experiments. On Tuesday 4th October we will be holding a whole school ‘Times Tables Challenge’, where every child will compete (with differentiated tables) to gain as many points for their house as possible. Good luck! On Thursday 6th October, The STEM team at school will lead an interactive assembly and award prizes won during the weeks’ challenges.