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Science

Intent

Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.

At Four Swannes Primary School, we aim to teach our children the methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children will learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level.

In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

  • Develop their scientific knowledge and understanding
  • Develop their investigation and curiosity skills
  • Develop their explanatory and communicative skills
  • Work both collaboratively and independently on a variety of scientific tasks.
  • Develop an understanding of how to work safely and to take increasing responsibility when managing their own investigations
  • Use scientific contexts to develop and consolidate the basic cross curricular skills of English, maths and ICT.

We aim to deliver the national curriculum in a way that is appropriate to the needs and interests of all the pupils and which challenge them to fulfil their potential. Our aim is to develop children’s scientific skills through the teaching of subject specific content. We expect our teachers to do this through whole-class teaching, while at other times we engage the children in an enquiry based research activity. Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment and the various ‘Working Scientifically skills’ in order to embed scientific understanding.  We encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, scientific questions. Pupils have the opportunity to use scientific resources and a variety of data, such as statistics, graphs, pictures and photographs. They engage in a wide variety of problem-solving activities.

 

Implementation

We recognise that there are children of widely different scientific abilities in all classes and we ensure that we provide suitable learning in all classes and we ensure that we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this is a variety of ways by:

  • Setting common tasks which are open ended
  • Providing resources of different complexity
  • Differentiated activities

The school uses the national curriculum as the basis of its planning. There is also a strong emphasis on ‘outdoor learning’ especially in EYFS and KS1. The science long term plan maps the scientific topics studied in each term during the key stage. The science subject lead works this out in conjunction with teaching colleagues in each year group to ensure coverage of the key objectives. The medium term plan gives an overview of each unit of work for each term. The class teacher is responsible for writing plans for each lesson. These plans list the specific learning objectives of each lesson. Topics in science build upon prior learning. We ensure that there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit.

 

Impact

The successful approach at Four Swannes results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.

Science Program of Study: Key Stage 1 and 2

Science Curriculum Map

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