Science and Technology
Science, Design and Technology and Computing are taught in a topic based approach through curriculum units.
At Cathedral School, we aim to harness the natural curiosity all children possess, to develop enquiring minds and a systematic approach to problem solving.
Mr Richardson - Head of Science and Technology
At every key stage children learn about the world around them and how they can care for it. They learn about themselves and their bodies and how they can keep themselves fit and well. The three areas of science: biology, chemistry and physics are taught within themes such as 'Life and Living processes', 'Physical Processes' and 'Materials and their Properties'.
Children will be taught to work scientifically through each topic. An important focus is on helping children to plan and carry out their own investigations and to think about the way others have carried them out.
During KS1 children observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
During KS2 children learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to 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.
We approach the teaching of Science in a fun and interactive way, promoting the enjoyment that can be had from experimenting, investigating and discovering.
Our computing curriculum includes six flexible units for each key stage covering the new programme of study for computing, including programming and computational thinking. The six areas are
- Computational thinking
- Computer networks
- Communication and collaboration
Our curriculum also embeds e-Safety to ensure safe and responsible use of technology.
We also use computing in a cross curricular way to support learning in other subjects, in this example the children used video production technology to create news stories based around Easter.
We benefit from an excellent partnership arrangement with St Aidan's High School, who provide technical support, resources, workshops and advice.
We are well resourced. There are desktop pcs in each classroom and we have just updated all classrooms with Clevertouch screens. We have four trolleys of iPads and laptops and wifi availablility across the school.
Children develop their specific designing and making skills through progressive engineering weeks which develop their understanding of product design.
The Science and Technology elements of our curriculum are led by Miss Hume - if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions or queries.