“The predators topic was fun – finding out about their prey. Seeing the snakes, touching them and learning about how they shed their skin was interesting. Corn snakes look scary but it was interesting to see them”… Year 3 pupil

At the Minster we believe that Science engages pupils’ natural curiosity about the world in which they live.

Through practical exploration pupils will explore and discover more about ‘real-life’ experiences, and will learn and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need in order to think creatively and critically about our world, and beyond.

Key Principles for science – a promise fusing teaching and learning.

We promise to:

  • Carry out practical investigations in pairs, in groups and independently;
  • Capture ‘Working scientifically’ in action, and use photographs as evidence in Science books, and on science wall displays;
  • Use oral rehearsals, raps, songs, videos to help harness the memory of key scientific vocabulary and concepts;
  • Evidence progress and understanding through our use of questioning at the beginning of and again at the end of a lesson;
  • Assess progress in working scientifically and scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, and set achievable yet challenging targets;
  • Maximise science displays so that learning is extended, curiosity is created,  interaction is encouraged and success is celebrated.

In the summer term, in line with the new curriculum, the Minster will begin a new phase in the way we assess children’s learning in science.

Click on the links below to see the various skills progression frameworks for these subjects.

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