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Science

 

The pace of technical change and scientific discovery is accelerating quicker than at any time in history. We believe it is vital that we provide children to have a secure scientific knowledge and skills set that will enable them to be able to accept and utilise the discovery in new advances in technology and science in order to prepare them for careers in industries that have not yet been invented.

Intent

The intent of our science curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement in science.

We intend through our teaching and lessons that children will enjoy their scientific work.

We intend to build a science curriculum that results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills as set out in the National Curriculum. We intend to link science to class topics to provide wider opportunities in science but to ensure full coverage of the subject. Science is taught in discrete units and lessons.

We intend to saturate our science curriculum with rich vocabulary, high quality stimuli and experiences to give pupils regular opportunities to use the scientific terms necessary to communicate ideas about science and to further expose them to a more sophisticated and mature language.

We intend to thread creative and critical thinking into all aspects of the Science curriculum through questions, investigations and reasoning activities for children to become enquiry based learners.

We intend for Science activities to challenge all pupils to develop their reasoning and explanation skills and to build on their knowledge based on the progressive curriculum. We ensure all children are exposed to high-quality science teaching and a range of learning experiences. Science teaching is carefully sequenced to ensure a clear progression of substantive knowledge and disciplinary knowledge. Each lesson is designed to explore and build on children’s prior knowledge, allowing for misconceptions to be addressed effectively.

We intend for children to develop appreciation of the world around them and respect their environment.

 

Implementation

 

Our science curriculum is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England and the Early years framework. This provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills that should be taught. (see Progression Ladder document for Science).  Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of knowledge and skills document, which incorporates Working Scientifically. The purpose of this document ensures that class teachers have an awareness of the sticky knowledge children should know at the end of each year group.

 Science is taught in discrete lessons for at least one hour in Key Stage One or in smaller sessions which is in the discretion of the class teacher.

 Any children identified SEND, EAL  or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs by teachers using assessment for learning to tailor lessons around our children and help them plan for next steps.  Our long term plans detail how science is threaded into the half termly topics. The Subject Leader for science has been instrumental in developing these plans across the EYFS and Key Stage One. (see Curriculum Driver document for science)

 Teaching key subject specific vocabulary is a key part out science curriculum. The vocabulary children will need for that a specific unit are identified on the school’s vocabulary progression document for science.

 When applicable trips and visitors will be organised to increase a child’s science capital and science knowledge. Enrichment activities linked to Science feature regularly in the planning cycles and some showcase/community events have a science/engineering theme.

 Open ended science based tasks and skilled questioning techniques are used to encourage creative and critical thinking.

 Child initiated learning time is also used to encourage children to develop their own scientific enquiry.

 Children regularly take part in outdoor learning which is a wonderful opportunity for children to develop a curiosity of the world around them and to learn about our world and how to live respectfully in our environment and towards living things. We believe it is essential for children to observe and immerse themselves in their local environment to apply their learning practically to real-life situations.

 CPD is offered to staff where needed.

 

Impact

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: written work, using dialogic learning tasks, subject monitor tasks to shows progression. Formal reporting of standards at the end of each Key Stage. 

Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum to parents. Interviewing the children

about their learning (pupil voice).

 All our pupil’s attainment and progress in science will be inline or exceeding age-related

expectations.

 Our pupils will develop a life-long appreciation of science Children will develop their

curiosity and begin to make sense of their own observations and investigations to

communicate ideas about science.

The children’s work shows a range of topics and evidence of the curriculum coverage for all

science topics.

Children will be able to explain their progress and reason scientifically.

 Feedback from teachers has impact on our pupils, often with next step questions

to push learning on.

Our SLT and governors are kept up to date with developments in the way science is run in

our school with subject reports, action plans and review meetings. To ensure that it is being

implemented well and that there is coverage and breadth and balance .

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