Science

Intent

It is our aim is to inspire our children by giving them the opportunities to develop their natural curiosity; promote the experience of exploring and investigating the wonder of science. Children will develop their natural curiosity and deepen their understanding about the world around them.  Children are naturally inquisitive and through asking their own questions, they are encouraged to discover the answers themselves whilst in a safe and stimulating learning environment. They will acquire and apply core skills which will equip them for an ever-changing world.

Implementation

We are committed to implementing this vision by providing exciting, fun and practical experiences for all children in the school. In turn this will help promote independent learning, curiosity and a love for science enquiry and knowledge. This is implemented by weekly science lessons across the whole school, which are planned to be exciting, practical and engaging to all children and in keeping with our Science principals. In every science lesson, children will build upon their existing scientific knowledge and skills, whilst creating links to the world around them and exploring ‘real life’ situations. They are challenged to question and explain their understanding to others using scientific vocabulary

Throughout the year, the whole school participates in science focussed days and projects. A theme runs across the school enabling children to immerse themselves in science and its vocabulary for the week.

Impact

It is the school’s intent that the implementation of high-quality science teaching will have a positive impact on children’s thinking and develop their curiosity about the world in which we live. The impact of science teaching is regularly monitored and updated with resources to help reach the high levels of which we strive to achieve. Through offering a practical, engaging and vocabulary rich science curriculum, the impact will be in children who are confident lifelong learners who continue to explore the world around them.

Curriculum

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Policy and Assessment

Children are taught specific skills and are assessed against the Science National Curriculum statements at different points of the year.  Formative assessment is ongoing and are used to aid the summative assessment and the end of a unit.  Feedback is given to parents in the learner’s annual report indicating whether children are ‘working towards’, ‘working at’ or ‘working beyond’ age related expectations.

Resources

The following websites are free (or have free elements) for children to use to develop their critical thinking skills and love of science:

https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/

www.bbc.com/teach/terrific-scientific

www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q

Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.

Ofsted 2017

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