Scientific and Technological Understanding

Science

Briary School aims to ensure that, through Science, children will extend their knowledge and understanding of the natural and physical world in which they live.

Scientific knowledge is taught through schemes of work covering all aspects of the National Curriculum. Each child will visit every area of the Science National Curriculum at least twice while at Briary School. The activities and work covered ensure progression in content, concepts and intellectual demands, whilst remaining appropriate to the ability of the child.

Scientific skills are taught through a variety of experiments and investigations, which build on every day experiences and existing knowledge. Children will learn about famous scientists and their important discoveries. Also people who work in science or who rely on scientific principles in their work will be introduced. Children are expected to select their own materials and apparatus, predict the outcome of their experiments, test their ideas fairly, measure accurately, record their results and convey what they have discovered. They are encouraged to use Computing in order to support their work. It is expected that all these skills will develop the ability to communicate original ideas and to work in partnership with others, as well as increasing the children’s awareness of the health and safety issues involved. At the same time it is hoped that, through their work in science, the children will develop a fascination and respect for our natural world and for the creatures and plants that inhabit it. 

Computing

Briary School recognises the growing importance of technology and aims to develop all pupils’ competence and confidence in the use of computers.

We have a suite consisting of 32 networked computers and filtered broadband internet access. The teacher has the facility to demonstrate skills and programs with the use of a data projector and whole class interactivity can be achieved using an Interactive Whiteboard. The children do not have to share a computer. As a school, we have whole school internet access via a secure environment, where no child is allowed internet access unsupervised.

In addition, the importance of Online Safety is reinforced during PSHE sessions. The ‘ThinkuKnow’ website, run by CEOP for the safety of children on line, is used to enhance this learning. Aimed a primary-aged children, there are a number of videos that show children how to use computers safely. The “Hector’s World Safety Button” installed on our computers for children to click on, this covers the screen whilst they ask an adult for help if they experience something on the internet that makes them feel scared or worried.

Every class also has at least one multimedia computer, printer and suitable software to meet the requirements of the curriculum. We are continually upgrading and purchasing equipment to keep abreast of new technology. All our classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards.

Through the new programme of study for Computing, the children will learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build their own programs; develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. The computing curriculum focuses on 3 areas: computer science, digital literacy and information technology.

Design and Technology

At Briary School children will be taught to develop their design and technology capability through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, in order to design and make products. Continuity and progression are ensured by each year group following prescribed tasks.

In Key Stage 1 children will be taught the valuable skills involving marking, cutting and attaching materials using a variety of glue and fasteners. They will use construction kits and reclaimed materials to construct models. They will also learn how to use tools correctly and safely. Children will begin to evaluate their work and make suggestions for changes.

In Key Stage 2 children’s work will be planned in more detail and they will focus more on how they can improve their work, by revising their models. Children will continue to use a variety of materials and tools to produce structures such as Stone Age dwellings, alarms, healthy snacks, toys and slippers.

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