Science & Technology
Links to Children's Rights
Science and Technology promotes children's survival rights and their right to healthcare (Articles 6, 24, 27, 33). Learning also enables children to experience their right to participate, freedom of expression and accurate information (Articles 12, 13 and 17). This area of learning also promotes understanding Article 16, the right to privacy.
The importance of science and technology in our modern world cannot be overstated. Developments in these areas have always been drivers of change in society, underpinning innovation and impacting on everyone’s lives economically, culturally and environmentally. As such, the Science and Technology Area of Learning and Experience (Area) will be increasingly relevant in the opportunities young people encounter and the life choices that they make.
This Area draws on the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, design and technology, and physics to enhance learners’ knowledge and understanding of the world.
What Matters in Science and Technology
1. Being curious and searching for answers is essential to understanding and predicting phenomena.
2. Design thinking and engineering offer technical and creative ways to meet society’s needs and wants.
3. The world around us is full of living things which depend on each other for survival.
4. Matter and the way it behaves defines our universe and shapes our lives.
5. Forces and energy provide a foundation for understanding our universe.
6. Computation is the foundation for our digital world.
Progression in Science and Technology
- Increasing breadth and depth of knowledge
- Deepening understanding of the ideas and disciplines within areas of learning and experience
- Refinement and growing sophistication in the use and application of skills
- Making connections and transferring learning into new contexts
- Increasing effectiveness as a learner
Our HAKA Approach
In order to develop a consistent approach to investigations, staff have agreed the HAKA approach. A great emphasis is placed on enthusing pupils; ensuring the learning is relevant and interesting; developing knowledge alongside skills and giving pupils the opportunity to apply their learning.
In Llanrhidian, we encourage children to explore links with Science, Technology and the real world. It is not sufficient that learners can simply ‘do’ Science and Technology.
Embedded provision to develop the appropriate skills knowledge and experiences for Science and Technology includes: -
- Two investigations per term (Y2-Y6)
- HAKA Approach across school
- Science Planners
- Set transition investigations across the NGP for Y5 and Y6
- Outdoor learning is extremely important.
- Links with STEM Ambassadors and Engineers
- Consistent design, make and evaluate approach
- Coding Club (Digital Club)
- Coding devices eg drones, Spheros, BBC microbits
- Use of digital devices eg chrome books, iPads
- Use of Digital Learning Platforms – Hwb, class page, shared area (Flip Learning)