At Ayresome we aim to inspire a love of learning within Science and help fuel children’s hunger for knowledge. It is vital that our Science curriculum enables every child to become experts at their level, showing them just how much scientific wonder is in their everyday. At Ayresome we aim to create scientific experts through purposeful enquiry and a rich stimulating environment pupils are given opportunities to explore, question and be challenged in order to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. Young children are naturally curious and passionate about learning.
Real-life experiences are a fundamental part of our approach and members of the comm unity are regularly invited in to share their experience and expertise. Parent afternoons generally have a STEM focus and allow the children to learn take on both mentor and apprentice roles and explore science in a cross-curricular manner, whilst showcasing their learning to parents.
Our inclusive vision for the school is one which enables all of our community to achieve, enjoy and know success. The school promotes six key values of respect, trust, tolerance, ambition, determination and excellence. These values enable our mission statement, ‘It’s awesome at Ayresome.’
Ayresome has achieved the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) Gold and is the first school in Middlesbrough to be recognised. We were awarded Headstart Gold status and School of Sanctuary in 2018. We strive to ensure that the rights of children are met in everything that we do. This underpins an environment that is rich is respect and acceptance which allows us to all work with a decreased fear of failing and is filled with encouragement.
Intent – At Key Stage 1 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena.
Implementation – They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of computing education if it is appropriate.
Intent – At Key Stage 2 pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena.
Implementation – They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They use a range of reference sources in their work. They talk about their work and its significance, using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and computing education to communicate their ideas.
Impact – It is expected that that the children relate back to their prior knowledge from previous years that has helped to create foundations on which they build upon each year to become experts in Science. This progression is vital in creating well rounded scientists that have a love and a deep understanding of the subject.
For further information please see our Science Progression document by clicking here.