Science teaching within Furness Education Trust aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and to gain an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
All children develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as developing the skills to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built upon, and children are taught to use effective questioning to communicate ideas. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
Science topics taught at Victoria are:
Year 3: Plants; Animals, including humans; Rocks, Light, Forces and Magnets.
Year 4: Animals, including humans; States of Matter; Living things and their habitats; Sound; Electricity.
Year 5: Animals, including humans; Properties and changes of materials; Earth and Space; Living things and their habitats; Forces.
Year 6: Animals, including humans; Living things and their habitats; Evolution and inheritance; Light; Electricity.
Science within Furness Education Trust is taught as a spiral curriculum, where prior learning is regularly revisited to ensure knowledge is embedded and taught skills can be applied across other contexts. Learning is enhanced and exemplified with planned visits from STEM Ambassadors from Local companies including, Glaxo Smith Klein, Siemens, BAE systems and DONG Energy.
To increase our STEM entitlement for our children, all schools within FET are part of an ENTHUSE partnership through the National STEM Centre. The aim of this partnership is inspire our children to engage with and enjoy STEM subjects and ultimately know that they are able to pursue a STEM career.