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
At Sproatley Primary Academy, we intend to deliver a Science curriculum that builds on our children’s prior learning and which develops their understanding of the scientific concepts which mold and shape their everyday lives. Pupils will be taught exciting lessons which enable them to critically engage with science, which provide opportunities for them to think independently, question, investigate and develop a deeper understanding of the world in which they live. The correct use and knowledge of scientific vocabulary will be at the core of each lesson. In addition, pupils will be provided with the opportunity to develop and refine their skills through research and through planning and conducting scientific investigations with increasing independence. Pupils will be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
Science Curriculum Implementation
Follow a clearly sequenced and progressive program of study based on the National Curriculum objectives which takes account of the mixed age year groups (e.g. a two year cycle). Pupils will be taught all areas of scientific knowledge at a year group appropriate level by the end of KS1 and KS2.
Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.
Lessons will be planned and taught using the ‘three part lesson’ format. This will ensure that lessons are exciting, engaging, stimulating and progressive.
Children have access to key vocabulary (and definitions). This will enable them to readily apply their understanding to their verbal communication and written work (see below).
Apply mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
Cross curricular links to other subjects will be made wherever possible.
Children will complete scientific investigations on a regular basis. More specifically, all pupil will complete each of the five enquiry types during the academic year (Work scientifically by: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources)
Attainment will be assessed each half term through concept maps (before and after each unit of work), formative assessment based on work within science books, moderated science investigations, a moderated ‘context’ task, evidence of the children’s knowledge before and after each lesson in the form of a class ’wonderwall’ and a short scientific vocabulary assessment.