Our curriculum is designed to engage pupils and promote a love of Science. Our Science principles encourage children to investigate the world around them and offers hands on experiences for them to achieve this. Engaging and exciting Science lessons offer children the opportunity to ask questions, make choices, predict, observe and use Scientific words. From Nursery through to Year two we provide the underpinning knowledge that will support the children throughout their later school life.
We understand that children enter our school with limited Science capital so the intent is to provide opportunities and experiences for both the children and their families to raise the capital and promote Science throughout the school community.
A love for Science will develop a child’s ability to ask and answer questions. They will become more inquisitive and want to find things out for themselves. Inspiring Science lessons will open the children’s eyes to STEM careers in the future.
Teachers will use all available tools to ensure the teaching is pitched at the correct level and any gaps in children’s knowledge will be identified. Children who need extra support will be identified and additional support will be planned with a well-trained adult.
Expectations are developed from use of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and the National Curriculum for KS1.
Our Science principles are shared with the children during Science lessons.
Science lessons use concepts, knowledge and skills and are carefully sequenced so that each time they are revisited the children can deepen this further.
Lesson are built on prior learning to enable children to make connections and build schemata.
Powerful subject knowledge is embedded into the long term memory.
Lessons share with children the enquiry approaches and skills that they are working on so that they are aware of how they are learning as well as the subject knowledge. Discovery Dog is used to embed the enquiry approaches.
The PSTT and Bath Spa University Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPs) focused assessment plans are used to secure teacher judgements. ASE examples of work that meet the expectations of the knowledge statements for each topic are used to support planning and assessment.
Science lessons have a strong link with English and the majority are built around key texts that the children are also studying in English lessons.
Oracy skills and vocabulary are enhanced through discussions in Science lessons and the use of explorify resources.
Key vocabulary is identified from the progression of skills documents to ensure progress throughout the year groups.
Excellence for all
High expectations and challenges develop the children’s resilience and this helps them to accept that in Science lessons there is often no right or wrong answer.
An inclusive Science curriculum allows all pupils to learn and every child is entitled to be taught the whole curriculum.
Explicit links are made to allow children to question the world around them and form moral opinions. They are supported from people outside of school such as STEM ambassadors to learn what a Scientist really is and what jobs involve Science.
The schools Science lead actively seeks experiences beyond the school to engage the children, through her work with, The Primary Science Teaching Trust, ASE and Science Across the City.
Experiences linked to the curriculum allow children and their families to develop Science capital.