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Science Leader - Mr A Tong

Pupils are provided with opportunities for discovery and experimentation through firsthand experiences. They are encouraged to observe, discuss, classify, compare, set up fair tests and record and interpret their findings.

 

Through their investigations children are given the opportunity to learn about life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. Activities will take place in the context of the study of themes laid down in the National Curriculum and each theme will be visited every two years as the children develop understanding.

 

Through encouraging our children to work scientifically our aim is to nurture the enquiring mind and extend children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them. In addition to this we have visiting Science shows such Adrian Bowden and an annual Science Week. 

Curriculum Intent

 

We aim to be an outstanding school at the heart of our local community. We want to create a happy, safe, caring and inclusive learning environment where every child will become an independent learner who achieves their full potential. In partnership with families, we will help pupils to become responsible young people who are on a pathway to success.

 

Curriculum Implementation

The curriculum focusses on the children learning biology, chemistry and physics whilst being asked to work scientifically to explore and investigate their ideas.  As a school we ensure that we cover the 5 key strands of enquiry through the children’s journey. Including: pattern seeking; observing over time; fair testing; identifying and classifying and researching, using secondary sources. Children may not get exposure of all of these within a given subject matter, but throughout their scientific journey, we have ensured there is the necessary coverage of each.

 

  • In KS2 lessons, each topic will start with a KWL (What do I Know, What do I Want to know and What have I Learnt) grid, where the children get to share prior knowledge and pose questions they would like answering throughout the topic. Lessons will be focussed on children gaining a full understanding both statutory and non-statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. There will be a heavy focus on ‘hands on’, practical learning.
  •  Furthermore, before undertaking a topic, children will be asked to discuss and record 6 key words that they will need throughout the topic in their Science Vocab books. This encourages children to use and understand the required vocabulary when explaining their ideas and conclusions throughout a topic (this is a requirement of the national curriculum).
  • At the conclusion of a topic, children will return to their KWL and share what they have learnt during that topic, as well as completing self-assessment questions to enable the teacher to gauge an understanding of the pupils’ learning and support any weaknesses.
  • Children will be encouraged to present science work in a range of ways including diagrams, mind maps, photographs, graphs and charts as well as more formal write ups.
  • When undertaking a formal write up of an experiment, children will be encouraged to write as if it were an English lesson.
  • Work may be differentiated and adapted to meet the children’s needs, with links made to other curriculum areas as appropriate.

Curriculum Impact

We strive for every child to achieve their full potential in Science and develop curiosity and excitement about the way Science can permeate through every aspect of our daily lives. We want our Science lessons to be memorable, combining the learning of information with the practical elements that children will remember for a long time. We want them to be ready for their next stage in learning and inspire aspirations for the future career paths.

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