Co-ordinator: Mrs N Semlyen
The science curriculum is designed by the curriculum co-ordinator, management team and governors to allow pupils to transfer key knowledge to their long-term memory. The school aims in science are to enable children to be curious about the universe and to promote respect for the living and non-living. Teaching of science will encompass the acquisition and retention of knowledge, the understanding of concepts, the progressive development of scientific skills and the enhancement of curiosity, confidence and enjoyment of the subject. Throughout the programmes of study, which ensure breadth, balance, continuity and progression hand-on experiences, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of new scientific skills and knowledge based upon what has been taught before. This results in building new skills and knowledge allowing all pupils to work towards clearly defined end points.
We develop children’s experiences and understanding of science and ignite their curiosity about the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through encompassing memorable learning opportunities for example, science themed days, visiting Winchester Science Centre and science club. The school provides a coherently planned curriculum, sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge, skills and cultural capital through informative teaching and learning activities and enhancement experiences.
We therefore intend that all pupils will:
- Be given problem solving opportunities that allow children to apply their knowledge and find out answers for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom.
- Take part in engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess pupils regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning and support them to attain in this subject.
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Recognise that knowledge is not isolated from information, with firm links to science embedded throughout the wider curriculum.
- Build upon the knowledge and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
- Work Scientifically to embed skills through lessons that ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics and builds on prior knowledge.
- develop their understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning.
- Develop an understanding of ethics within science to build on in further stages of education.
- Access a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class. For example workshops at QMC.
- Take part in Regular events, such as Science days, allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.