At All Saints Primary School, our aim is to provide an engaging and motivating science curriculum which helps pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through specific areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Our interactive curriculum allows all pupils to take part in at least one investigation per unit of work, often child led. This gives them a sense of responsibility and ownership of their work whilst using their enquiry skills.
We ensure that teaching staff incorporate key Science vocabulary during lessons - supported through the use of our Science Knowledge mats. Children have a new mat for each Science topic, including the vocabulary linked to the topics, key information, relevant scientists and the meaning of new words.
We ensure our curriculum includes enrichment experiences such as visiting museums, and working with science visitors and professionals within school. All children are given the opportunity to access the curriculum at their level and are provided with the resources required to enhance their understanding.
We believe our science curriculum allows pupils to work curiously and collaboratively. By engaging and exploring with the world around them, they are able to make meaningful connections with their own prior knowledge and this enables children to make links to their own lives and other curriculum subjects providing opportunity for oral discussions.
We aim for pupils to develop their skills in working scientifically by:
- asking questions
- observing and using equipment to measure
- planning for and setting up enquiries
- using equipment
- recording and presenting data
- answering their questions
- further questioning
- communicating and presenting information.
Pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage begin their journey in science through their learning of Understanding the World. They are encouraged to explore the world through observations, questioning and investigations. The National Curriculum provides clear progression through age-related objectives from Key Stage 1 through to the end of Key Stage 2. Where possible, cross curricular links are made with both core and foundation subjects.
The curriculum is enriched by organising visitors to school, visits to farms and museums as well as connections with local secondary schools and universities.
The school also takes part in a local event each year - 'The Great Science Share', where pupils focus on a science project and consequently use their communication and listening skills to share their learning with other schools.
Our curriculum provides opportunities allowing pupils to recognise how science is linked to the world around them and broadens their understanding of what science is.
We believe that our science curriculum is key for our pupils to become curious, enthusiastic and motivated learners about the world they are growing up in.
Both results from assessments and teacher judgement help to identify where pupils are in their learning.
Pupils are given verbal feedback during lessons as well as marking, through written feedback in their exercise books. Both strategies help to address any misconceptions and provide pupils with a clearer understanding of their learning.
As a result of these strategies:
Pupils are engaged, inquisitive and passionate about their science learning.
Pupils are able to talk about their learning using scientific vocabulary.
Pupils can connect their existing knowledge with what they are learning and real-life contexts.
Pupils are confident using a variety of science enquiry types to plan and carry out investigations.
Pupils apply their knowledge to other areas of the curriculum.