The four year partnership runs from 2020 - 2024 and the funding will be used to provide events, activities, trips and training to the 10 participating schools. Science leaders from each of the partnership schools meet termly to plan an exciting and inspiring programme of events.
Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way that they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. St. Newlyn East pupils learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on a personal, national and global level.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in science lessons. Our principal aim is to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills, and understanding. Sometimes, we do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times, we engage the pupils in an enquiry-based research activity. We encourage the pupils to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions.
This year the children have taken part in 'British Science Week' that included a whole school science experiment and various online workshops which enabled them to work scientifically and carry out experiments in class. We held an 'Online Science Fair' where the children made videos sharing their love and enthusiasm for science. The winning candidates won tickets to the 'Wonderstruck' science show, as well as other amazing prizes.
At St Newlyn East Learning Academy, we have an enriched science curriculum that provides opportunities for practical lessons. The children are exposed to a wide variety of topics that support the children’s curiosity for learning. Our curriculum aims to develop ‘working scientifically’ skills, broaden the children’s scientific view of the world around them, whilst promoting a love for enquiry and wanting to explore new things.
In Key Stage 1 our pupils will experience and observe a range of scientific topics, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. They explore areas such as Plants, Living Things and their Habitats (including humans), the use of every day Materials and Seasonal Changes. Children have an immersive curriculum, which incorporates the local and natural environment including: local beaches (relating to living things and their habitats). They will develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things and carrying out simple comparative tests.
In KS2 our curriculum focuses on key concepts that help children make sense of the world around them. They explore areas such as Living Things and their Habitats, Light, Forces and Magnets, Properties and Changes of Materials, Evolution and Inheritance as well as areas such as Electricity, Sound and Earth and Space. Curriculum knowledge is shared with pupils in a variety of ways such as engaging lessons, enquiry based experiments and hands on projects. The KS2 Science curriculum is structured to allow pupils to explore science through practical work. Encouraging open-mindedness and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
In Yr 6, as part of their transition to Secondary School, they plan their own experiment and then visit the school to conduct it. This enables them to experience working in a fully equipped science lab and prepares them for Secondary Science.