We aim to stimulate our pupils’ interest and curiosity about their surroundings, creating and fostering a sense of wonder about the world and the implications of Science.
Our aim is that all pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. Children will be encouraged to work and think scientifically, developing experimental and investigative skills and use scientific vocabulary to express their findings and theories.
Teaching and learning in science reflects our belief that children have a natural sense of awe and wonder in the world around them. We aim to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about events and things in the world around them. We will do this by supporting them to develop a secure science knowledge base and encouraging them to ask questions and make predictions to further develop their scientific enquiry skills. Scientific enquiry is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling.
Science is an exciting and relevant part of our creative curriculum which enables children to learn about, observe and explore the world in which they live. The Science teaching in school actively encourages children to work both independently and with others in practical ways, developing secure subject knowledge, investigative skills and scientific vocabulary. This will enable them to become lifelong learners and make a positive contribution to society.
Our Reception children will follow the guidelines for Science outlined in the ‘Understanding the World – The Natural World’ within the EYFS framework.
Our Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils will be taught the Science Curriculum through a carefully sequenced curriculum that builds on knowledge and skills at each phase of education. Throughout each key stage, children will cover science topics with carefully progressive steps to ensure a continuance of development. Where possible, some foci have been linked to main topic areas, whilst others are structured separately. The Long-Term Curriculum Map details when each is visited.
Each term children are given opportunities for:
(i) practical activities
(ii) science investigations
(iii) individual, group and whole class discussion and activities
Children will consider methods of recording their work and will be encouraged to record it in different ways. Children will be grouped in a variety of ways according to the nature of the activity including working in groups, as a class and as individuals.
For pupils with SEND, it is important to focus on the pupils’ strengths as well as identifying areas where they need more help, practice and consolidation. In general, pupils should have the opportunity to develop all the concepts, regardless of their SEN or disability. However, the approach to these concepts may have to be done differently with different groups of pupils.
The successful approach to the teaching of Science at Barrowby CE Primary School will result in a fun, engaging and high-quality Science education, that will provide children with the foundations for understanding the world in which they live.
Assessment takes places each term. Knowledge and Scientific Enquiry skills are assessed separately with carefully planned assessment foci (AFs) that match with the topic of that term.
Children at Barrowby CE Primary School will:
- demonstrate a love of Science and develop an interest in further study and research.
- retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science in a real - life context.
- be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
- be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and be able to reason scientifically using rich vocabulary.
- work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.