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Building Foundations for Fulfilling Futures

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Oaklands School

Building Foundations for Fulfilling Futures

Science and Environmental Education

Whole School Intent

  • We want children to bond with nature & their environment
  • We want to give pupils the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how and why things function.
  • We want children to become more engaged with their communities through various environmental projects and competitions.

 

 

Science & Environmental Education (S&EE)

 

Whole School Implementation

  • Environmental Education is a part of every single AoL taught at Oaklands school.
  • Pupils learn about science concepts by investigating and experiencing things on a ‘have a go’ basis.
  • Pupils learn about science and environmental education through books linked to the science big days.
  • Pupils are promoted to be a part of environmental and ecological projects in Leicester community.
  • Pupils are building the bond with nature through structured Spinney sessions and interaction with animals like Guinea pigs and chickens.

Across the Pathways

Willow

Elm 

Cherry

Intent

  • Develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. 
  • Compare similar things.
  • To promote creativity through environmental education.

Implementation

  • Sensory experiences for example looking after chickens and Guinea pigs
  • Mastery approach
  • Targets set through OPAL and link to EHCP outcomes
  • Exploratory approach to science and environmental education.
  • Life skills woven throughout the curriculum.
  • Learning powers: Explore, Connect and Persevere.

 

Intent

  • Develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. 
  • Compare similar things.
  • To promote creativity through environmental education.
  • To develop sustainability knowledge, skills and values.
  • Observe changes over a period of time

         notice patterns, and be able to group

         and classify things​.

Implementation

  • Short science experiments and activities
  • Functional and active learning opportunities.
  • Repeated opportunities to practise skills.
  • Mastery approach
  • Targets set through OPAL and link to EHCP outcomes
  • Learning powers: Explore, Connect, Persevere and Feel

 

Intent

  • Develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. 
  • Compare similar things.
  • To promote creativity through environmental education.
  • To develop sustainability knowledge, skills and values.
  • Observe changes over a period of time

         notice patterns, and be able to group

         and classify things​.

  • Understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes​.
  • Look more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them.
  • To use different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions​.

Implementation

  • More complex science experiments and activities
  • Functional and cross curricular links
  • Mastery approach
  • Targets set through OPAL and link to EHCP outcomes
  • Learning powers: Explore, Connect, Persevere, Feel and Reflect

Curriculum Content

  • Spinney sessions: All classes have a spinney session each week. We intend to encourage children to learn through play and exploration involving the natural world, Sessions are intended to build up ecological and environmental skills and knowledge over the school year, from the simpler to the more complex.
  • Science Big Days: We intend our learners to explore certain science topics during these big days. The focus of big days is:

        Autumn 1, 2021: Human body, especially heart and lungs

        Autumn 2, 2021: Waste and recycling

        Spring 2022: Life cycles

        Summer 2022: Water

  • Sensory garden and other growing areas + chickens / Guinea pigs: We intend for our learners to develop their skills and knowledge about sustainable food growing in our school setting. We intend our learners to make connections with the natural world through caring for chickens and Guinea pigs.
  • Eco Award, Healthy Schools, Food for Life, Pumpkins completion: We intend our learners to participate in ecological and environmental competitions in the city and nationwide.
  • Other Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural links to environmental education and ecology

 

Curriculum overviews and planning have been developed as appropriate for each pathway. The typical time budget for each pathway, including embedded practice and ‘teachable moments’ is as follows:

Willow and ElmCherry 

1 hour per week of Spinney session

30 minutes per week of Growing time

20 minutes per week of Chickens / Guinea pigs

1 day per half term of Science day with specific topics

1 hour per week of Spinney session

1 hour per week of Growing time

20 minutes per week of Chickens / Guinea pigs

1 day per half term of Science day with specific topics

Strengths

  • Oaklands staff model behaviours and skills linked to understanding & protecting the environment; staff understand the importance of learning outside the classroom for development of pupils' S&EE skills as well as pupils' mental health & wellbeing
  • We have high expectations that all children will make progress in their science knowledge, skills & understanding; providing them with a wide range of engaging and purposeful S&EE learning experiences
  • Repeated revisiting of science and environmental education knowledge and skills in different contexts and with cross curricular links.

Areas for Development

  • Apply for Silver Eco-school Award to use as a steer for whole school development
  • Develop use of the Growing area for all pathways through a Growing Curriculum (I&LS links).
  • Evaluate Spinney planning across the pathways

 

Other Curriculum Documents

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