The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- To equip students with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Rushey Green, the holistic development of our students is essential to our school ethos. The Science curriculum demonstrates this by honing critical thinking skills while supporting curiosity and the healthy development of young minds. We believe science is around us, the acquisition of knowledge, concepts and skills all help to produce life-long learners with positive attitudes. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school. They can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. We continue to see science as a life-skill because our ever changing climate is going to need these skills for future solutions to already existing problems.
Teachers help to create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Fun, engaging and high-quality science lessons.
We apply our ‘Working Scientifically skills’ to solve problems, explore, observe and investigate. We ask questions and work together to discover the answers. We motivate our children to generate a sense of wonderment in their learning. Our learning is enhanced by outdoor learning and the use of quality resources. We are involved in creating and carrying out investigations and can share and explain our ideas and conclusions.
‘Talk it out’ Is a programme where children develop a deeper understanding of their learning while developing oratory skills. It is one of the future aspirations for our children and a way of developing our ideas through communication. The children not only can explain the science behind their understanding but also use technical language and detailed explanations.
Hands-on discussions and explanations of the digestive system:
After hands-on tasks, pupils are able to produce a high standard of work in their books. Vocabulary is added through direct teaching due to its high importance. We use this ‘stem’ learning as part of our assessment of children’s learning.
Pupils' voice is extremely important in Science and part of our assessment pupils discuss their learning to reveal the depth of their understanding of the topic being taught.
Rushey Green strives to meet and exceed the needs of all our children by differentiating with our science planning and in providing a variety of approaches and tasks appropriate to ability levels.
We make sure that this planning is inclusive also to children with learning and/or physical difficulties, helping them actively participate in scientific learning and practical activities and investigations and to achieve their goals.
Understanding that some children will require closer supervision and more adult support to allow them to progress whilst more able children will be extended through differentiated activities.
By being given enhancing and enriching activities, more able children will be able to progress to a higher level of knowledge and understanding appropriate to their abilities.
RUSHEY GREEN SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL FOOD PRODUCTION PROGRAMME:
At Rushey Green, our food production programme (RGSAFPP) focuses on the use of organic food production as a solution to the immediate concerns regarding healthy eating solutions, overall obesity, cooking skills and mental wellbeing (sensory) of students, staff and the wider community.
We believe that a key part of this programme is developing skills that will impact on people’s coping skills and well-being. In addition, it is important that students be given an opportunity to maintain sustainability and self sufficiency through this programme to develop life long skills.
The Rushey Green School Agricultural Food Training Programme will provide instructional delivery in its areas of expertise: Agricultural food production and cooking classes will be conducted for instructors with emphasis on development of key areas of focus such as leadership in school food production, cooking skills, problem solving, self empowerment , sustainability and healthy eating.
Regeneration of Rushey Green’s Grounds:
Transforming our eco-friendly area.
Our School vegetable garden:
Our food production programme teaches our kids about soil, nutrition and the life cycles of plants and the creatures attached to the garden. We raise the children's awareness of seasonal nature and a variety of foods. Rushey green growing food production is part of our school development plan and our stakeholders include staff, pupils, parents and local residents being involved.
Link to planting calendar:
Planting our prepared area:
Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the Agricultural Science curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts and local charities, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Coming on board are: Friday after school and Saturday Clubs which will allow all stakeholders to be active participants in our bid for sustainability of the planets through foundational learning.