We believe at Bapchild and Tonge that the only way for children to learn fundamental concepts in science is with fun and exciting practical experiments.The school is now in its third year of using Empiribox Science for Key Stage 2 to support planning, resourcing and staff development. We are passionate that children should experience science so teachers use their knowledge of the children and class to adapt plans to meet their needs.
Each lesson covers two national curriculum objectives; one knowledge based and the other on scientific skills. As our curriculum has questioning at it heart these objectives are often developed as questions to posed or answered. The identified lesson objectives are designed to be progressive for each programme of study with each lesson building on prior learning and focusing on one specific element of an investigation; planning, data collection and analysis or evaluating an investigation. This approach helps children to confidently carry out a full investigation and furnish them with skills which can be applied to any scientific investigation, irrespective of context.
Developing seamless cross curricular links is vital so that children are not just developing skills in isolation. Classes spend a whole morning or afternoon on science each week and will apply skills from other curriculum areas such as English, Maths and Computing.
In Key Stage 1, Science is taught in discrete science lesson or developed as part of the topic curriculum.
The school invests heavily in the professional development of its teachers. Teachers attend seasonal Empiribox training where they have time to immerse themselves in exploring the best practice in teaching, carrying out the practicals and having a good understanding of delivering the science topic that term.