Science Policy

According to the National Curriculum Framework, Science is one of the core subjects and due importance is to be given.  The Lisbon Treaty highlights that in order for any country to be successful in the coming years, it has to provide a science literate society.  For this reason, St Nicholas College, Mtarfa Primary is taking up this challenge and a Science Policy has been drafted.

The aims of the teaching of Science are the following:

  • To enhance the children’s understanding of the world around them;
  • To develop curiosity and foster problem solving, exploration and discovery;
  • To encourage teamwork  as well as individual thinking;
  • To carry out planned, safe, enjoyable and hands-on activities using the Scientific Method and the STIPPS (Scientific Thinking Process in the Primary);
  • To develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques;
  • To encourage the development of positive attitudes to Science.

Co-ordination between class teacher and the peripatetic teacher:

  • Co-ordination needs to be established between the science peripatetic teacher and every class teacher.  The former has to inform the teacher about his/her plans for the teaching of science so that the class teacher can make his/her own plans;
  • The science peripatetic teacher needs to support the class teacher by suggesting and providing teaching aids from the Science Centre, when available;
  • The peripatetic teacher and the class teacher have to work hand in hand so that the necessary follow-up is done;
  • The peripatetic teacher and the class teacher have to formulate targets which are aimed to be reached by the end of the scholastic year.

Action Plan:

  • Science lessons should take place on a weekly basis.
  • Science is taught in the same way as other subjects, thus the different teaching styles highlighted in the SDP, also apply for the teaching of Science.
  • A  Science Room is set up close to the toilets on the second floor;
  • Besides delivering lessons, the peripatetic science teacher maintains oversight of new material and gives teachers ideas;
  • Lessons should be held regularly;
  • A small science library is placed in the Science Room for research;
  • Most lessons are hands-on;
  • All lessons should stem from the Science Syllabus;
  • A fieldwork activity should be carried out by all year groups at Primary Level at least once a year;
  • The Nature Area is a valuable resource for teaching Science through the senses;
  • A class kitchen garden is to be set up in the Nature Area;
  • The Science Assessment will continue in Years 4 to 6 by the Science Peripatetic Staff supported by the class teachers.