Learning about science can stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. At Pathfield School we believe that the teaching of science should be a positive experience. We provide an active, stimulating learning environment using step by step activities. All staff recognise that by having a multi-sensory approach to teaching enables all of our children to access science in their own differentiated way. This is facilitated by our Total Communication approach which includes: text, signing, symbols, photos, objects of reference and sensory learning.
Opportunities are given to experience a wide range of Science activities at an individual personalised level, including Scientific Enquiry, Life processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes.
The majority of pupils’ at Pathfield are working at P-Levels or early National Curriculum levels, with many pupils’ learning through a multi-sensory approach to access and respond to Science activities. During lessons teachers will assess children’s work in science by making informal judgements. On completion of a lesson, the teacher reviews it, and uses this to plan for future learning. All progress is monitored against each pupil’s own developmental progress and individual objectives are incorporated into class planning. Individual pupil assessment is completed through lesson evaluations, photographic assessments and half termly against the science P-Level descriptors.