Our Science curriculum provides children with the ability to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding by working scientifically. Investigation, experimentation, observation and scientific conceptual knowledge is used to promote thinking, questioning, analysis and evaluation. This allows children to make their own judgements based upon scientific evidence. Progressive opportunities support their understanding of science so that children can make links with prior learning and they can begin to work and think like a scientist.
Early years outcomes and the National Curriculum programmes of study form the foundations of our Science curriculum. Pupils will have a basic understanding of the world. They will understand how science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future. Working scientifically allows pupils to generate and answer scientific questions using scientific vocabulary and all pupils are taught knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Learning scientific knowledge and concepts allows the pupils to explain, describe and observe different processes, changes and theories. Pupils are taught how to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science is led by an experienced subject expert who supports staff in implementing the Learning Challenge Curriculum. We ensure teaching is highly effective by developing subject knowledge, providing progressive learning and vocabulary development.
The children work scientifically. They observe over time; look for patterns; identify, classify and group; carry out comparative and fair tests or controlled investigations; research using secondary sources. Pupils seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data. Children engage in practical activities to extend knowledge in the 4 areas of study. Outdoor learning enhances the teaching and learning in science.
Learners have the knowledge and skills to work like a scientist. They make sustained progress in science which is measured against age appropriate progression grids and expectations. By the end of each phase children are expected to know, apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.