Cookham Dean Science
At Cookham Dean we believe that in order for children to develop their knowledge of a scientific ideas, and to diffuse misconceptions, they need to be provided with rich experiences facilitated by the teacher. At Cookham Dean we understand the importance of developing scientific skills as well as content knowledge, and endeavour to teach and use scientific language throughout our science lessons.
Rich Experiences and Hooks
Each science topic at Cookham Dean starts with a ‘wow’ task, providing a hook for learning. These may include introducing ‘mystery objects’, looking at close up images, reading science-based stories, discussing current events in the news, or carrying out an experiment.
Learning how to work scientifically is just as important as gaining scientific knowledge. Below is a list of the different forms of enquiry taught at Cookham Dean, and which are based on the National Curriculum objectives for science:
Resources and Equipment
At Cookham Dean we are fortunate to have a large outdoor space for children to develop their curiosity and enthusiasm of nature. Our pond area and allotment are excellent facilities for children to investigate British wildlife and plants. We also aim to have at least one outside-of-school trip per class that is science based, as well as invite outside agencies and expert visitors to school.
In the Summer Term, Cookham Dean participates in the national Science Week. The whole school takes on the theme of Science Week of the year which engages the four areas of STEM; science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Additionally, during the week, classes carry out their own child-led enquiries and experiments.
We believe, that the impact of the above curriculum design will lead to children developing a sense of excitement and curiosity about the world around them and understand how science can explain many of the natural phenomena they encounter on a daily basis.
Through questioning and a range of written, drawn, photographed and recorded evidence, teachers are able to assess the children’s understanding and progression. Formative assessments allow teachers to address misconceptions at the point of learning and move the children’s learning on.
The learning knowledge along with the scientific skills taught, will empower our pupils in making changes in the world for the better, now and in the future. Through rich experiences, opportunities to work scientifically, the continual teaching and implementation of topic – specific vocabulary and the use of additional resources, children at Cookham Dean will be able to:
Science Week 2019 - The Journey of Paper
This year, science week focused on where the paper we use everyday comes from and the impact that deforestation is having on our world. Each year group researched the impact that deforestation has had on our climate, on the habitats of a number of different species and on the worlds water cycle.
Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,
Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.
Tel: 01628 482734.