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Science

"In Faith and Love, We Learn and Grow." 

Intent

Our intent for Science comes from the National Curriculum purpose and aims.

Our intent is that children build up a body of key scientific foundational knowledge and concepts and that they are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation.  In addition, we want them to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and an understanding of how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predicting how things will behave and analysing causes.

Our aims are in line with the national curriculum namely to ensure that all children:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemisty and physics.
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.

Year 2 - Growing Plants

Implementation
  • Science is taught as a discrete subject each week to children in KS1 and KS2.
  • We use the Pearson, “Science Bug,” scheme of work, which carefully sequences both knowledge, and working scientifically skills.  Practical activities are recognised as an important part of the scheme to help develop understanding as well as a sense of excitement about the subject.
  • Science is delivered in Reception through the Understanding the World EYFS area of learning.
  • Tier 3 scientific vocabulary is taught explicitly and revisited to ensure children retain it in their long-term memory.
  • High quality texts are used to help children develop reading across the curriculum.
  • Children are taught how to communicate like a scientist.

Year 1 and Year 2 Trip - Wisley Gardens

Impact

We assess the impact of our curriculum intent and implementation by:

  • Assessing against clear success criteria in each lesson.
  • Using the Science Bug end of unit assessments.
  • Pupil book study.
  • Pupil voice.