When a child leaves this school, we want them to have a secure understanding of basic scientific concepts and skills, and be able to apply these in new situations. They should have a good understanding of scientific vocabulary, be excited to explore science practically, develop their confidence by managing risks, and have fun! They will have had opportunities to feel awe and wonder about the real world, to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils should understand the importance of how to look after themselves physically and understand the changes they will go through as they grow Children should be inspired and excited to investigate ideas and find out how the world works, recognising that science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity. They will appreciate the place of science in the world in order to know the impacts of global warming, deforestation and pollution.
All class enjoy at least one 60-minute Science lesson a week. All teachers follow the national curriculum objectives for their year group. Teachers plan engaging lessons which cover the statutory objectives in meaningful ways, using outside areas where appropriate and providing opportunities for children to use a range of scientific equipment. Children are able to work alone, in pairs or as a part of a group. All age-groups are encouraged to explore science practically and work scientifically in a range of experiments and investigations. STEM learning activities are used to enhance the curriculum across year groups. Safety when using equipment is a primary focus for all staff. Science share mornings have given families and staff opportunities to explore and enjoy Science.
Long-Term Planning, Progression and Assessment
Each class uses the following tracking sheets to monitor the skills related to Working Scientifically that children are able to develop in Science lessons.
Below is a document providing further detail on the skills that Years 1-6 are developing in Working Scientifically, showing progression and giving examples of what the skills might look like in key stage.
Each year, subject leaders identify priorities for the development of provision in their subjects.
This year, the three areas of focus for Science are: