It is our intention to develop in our children a lifelong curiosity and interest in the sciences. Within the Science Curriculum our children have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of scientific investigations, experiments, problem solving projects, competitions, whole school Science Week and field trips leading to them to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them. The children build on their scientific skills of observing, identifying ,testing and recording, and scientific knowledge through our Rainbow Values. Our scheme of work provides the opportunity for progression for all children across the full breadth of the science national curriculum.
Our Science Curriculum forms part of our half termly topics. This topic based curriculum allows our children to explore subjects at a greater depth and make links between different subject areas.
The acquisition of key scientific substantive knowledge is also an integral part of our science lessons. Linked knowledge organizers enable children to learn and retain the important, useful and powerful vocabulary and knowledge contained within each topic. Interwoven into each topic are also key assessment questions and quizzes. These allow teachers to assess children's levels of understanding at various points throughout the year and enable opportunities to recap concepts and address misconceptions. The sequence of lessons helps to embed scientific knowledge, with each lesson building on learning and from previous topics, year groups and Key Stages.Activities are effectively adapted so that all children have an appropriate level of support, challenge and equipment. This includes microscopes, thermometers and measuring containers used in continuous provision throughout school.
In Science, progress is measured through a child’s ability to know more, remember more and explain more in a range of ways throughout our topics. The use of key questions ensures opportunities are built into each lesson for ongoing assessment. The attainment and progress of each child can be tracked across the school using our Science assessment spreadsheets. The impact of the Science Curriculum can be seen across the school with the increased profile of Science. Observations, tests, diagrams and conclusions are recorded in our Learning Journals whilst learning environments across the school contain Science vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. Children are confident in sharing their learning and answering scientific questions through review activities including songs, class assemblies and videos on SEESAW. Through our Forest School lessons, Eco School and Green Tree Award schemes the children also apply what they learn to improving their environment and gaining an understanding of the importance of science to our local and global communities.