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Science Curriculum

Our Science curriculum understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A good understanding of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding helps to support pupils work across the curriculum.

 

We believe that high quality science teaching provides the foundations for understanding the world we live in and we aspire to develop children who are always asking questions and wanting to find out more. Science is a vital part of everyone’s lives and through building up their knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the importance of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be taught how to predict, observe, explain, analyse and evaluate what they learn and do – creating an ethos of Science Capital as the norm.

 

Children will access high quality teaching and learning experiences, which are practical and hands on as often as possible, including the use of our outdoor and local area as well as education visits further afield or experts who visit the school to help inspire and further develop scientific enquiry and investigative skills. We will also take into account real-life events as and when they happen to ensure children are aware of the day to day importance of science in life.

 

Pupils will be introduced to and immersed in scientific vocabulary which will be applied to cross-curricular topics wherever applicable. Children are encouraged to take charge of their own learning through investigations and apply skills to test their theories.

 

As children progress through the year groups, they build on their skills in working scientifically, as well as on their scientific knowledge, as they develop greater independence in planning and carrying out fair and comparative tests to answer a range of scientific questions. Our scheme of work ensures that children have a varied, progressive and well-mapped-out science curriculum that provides the opportunity for progression across the full breadth of the science national curriculum for KS1 and KS2.

 

Our Science curriculum is taught through:

 

  • Quality first teaching
  • The learning of key scientific vocabulary and knowledge within each individual unit
  • Progression of skills (working scientifically) both each year and across year groups through regularly planned hands on experiences
  • Progression of knowledge within each unit
  • A review topic at the end of each year (with the exception of Year 1 where these lesson are interspersed throughout the year).This focuses on science in the real world (Scientists and Inventors) and give teachers a chance to recap concepts where necessary and assess is knowledge has been retained
  • Cross-curricular use of skills and knowledge
  • Imparting knowledge accurately and with enthusiasm which generates high levels of commitment from children
  • Open-ended investigations and exploration
  • Key assessment questions
  • Constructive feedback to children

 

We also:

  • Display and celebrate the pupils’ Science work in their class, around the school, on the school website 
  • Hold WOW events and Outdoor Learning afternoons
  • Invite experts and outside visitors lead workshops and /or assemblies to inspire and motivate the children
  • Opportunities to attend a Science/Outdoor Learning club
  • Hold a ‘Science Week’ annually where a ‘theme’ is implemented across the whole school to apply scientific enquiry, conduct investigations and research, and link to life outside school.
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