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Science

Science

Intent

The intent of our Science curriculum is to develop deep scientific knowledge, methods and processes in biology, chemistry and physics. Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills will be developed through planning and carrying out scientific investigations. Equipped with scientific knowledge, pupils can make connections, ask questions and understand the uses and implications of science for today and in the future. They will flourish as creative and curious scientists, showing a keen sense of wonder to enrich their understanding and appreciation of their world. Our intent is to instill excitement in science, so that today’s children will become tomorrow’s inventors and scientists.

 

Implementation

We teach a varied enquiry- based science curriculum, taken from the National Curriculum, which fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. Our science follows a clear progression of skills and coverage arranged into a two-year cycle - because of our mixed age classes - to ensure progression of  knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Learning builds on previous knowledge and understanding. The ‘Working Scientifically’ objectives run through all of our science topics, consistently developing children’s enquiry skills. Educational trips and visitors are carefully planned to enhance the teaching and learning of science.

 

Impact 

As a result of our high quality and carefully structured Science curriculum children acquire the age related knowledge and skills to progress as a scientist.

Evidence of impact:

  • The school has a positive STEM culture
  • Children have a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena
  • Children understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse course. Making links with previous learning and experiences.
  • Children communicate clearly using key scientific vocabulary
  • Children can plan investigations to answer questions created by themselves or their teachers.

 

Inclusivity 

Valuing every child as a unique individual, teaching and learning will be adapted to ensure equitable provision, representing all protective characteristics. 

 

SMSC

Within our Science curriculum we explore and make connections with a balance of spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects in order to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and our diverse world.

 

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Progression of Knowledge

We have created comprehensive documents which include our whole school curriculum progression for Science. The school uses the threshold concepts of the Chris Quigley curriculum to form its subject progression. We also use the Plymouth Science Scheme to ensure the working scientifically strands are progressively threaded though our provision.

For copyright reasons, this document is not published on our website, but is available on request.

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Pupil Voice

 

" I love Science! I want to be a scientist when I am older."

"I like finding out why things happen."

"Twig Science Reporter is amazing. We get to find out what science is happening around the world right now and then we talk about it."

"I like how we can ask questions and then find out the answers."

"We learn lots of new vocabulary and it makes me proud when I use it correctly."

 

"[My child] loves Science now. She comes home talking about it and asking questions."

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