The Science Curriculum at St Michael’s

Science in our school provides opportunities for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live both through practical experience and from other sources of information.

Science teaching in the school is about excellence and enjoyment. Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of National Curriculum Science and science in Reception. Each unit is developed and built on as the children progress through the school. We have adopted the Hamilton Trust Science units which are in line with the New Curriculum, and have adapted these to our circumstances, ensuring good coverage of each programme of study and progression within each. Scientific knowledge, scientific vocabulary, conceptual understanding and scientific enquiry are incorporated within each unit of work.

Wherever possible, the teaching and learning of science is enhanced by educational visits using the local area as a resource or visitors to the school. Science week helps to raise the profile of science in school and allows the children to experience a range of exciting activities and mini projects. The school also currently runs a very popular science club as an extra-curricular activity.

Teaching staff are encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills in the teaching of science and have the opportunity to do this though the school’s links with local organisations e.g. Science Oxford and Brookes University.


Demonstrations and explorations linked to natural selection
How does the size of a beak affect which species survive and thrive?
Three different sized implements were used to improvise as a beak (small, medium and large)
The children worked in groups to investigate how much food they could collect with each beak.
The groups had 1 minute to collect as much food as possible
Collecting seeds as quickly as possible - it could be a matter of life or death!
The seeds were counted and results recorded.
A formula was used to work out how much food each bird type would need to survive.
At the end of the investigation, the children could conclude which species was the fittest and would survive.

National curriculum in England: science programmes of study


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