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At Ince CE Primary School we are committed to providing a high quality Science curriculum that will give all children a strong understanding of the world. We aim to promote a sense of excitement and curiosity and develop inquisitive individuals who will be equipped with knowledge and skills to contribute positively to their local community (understanding of the heritage) and an ever changing world (enlightenment). They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. At Ince CE. School we ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are embedded, built-on and developed throughout each pupils’ journey at the school.
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:
Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
Are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand and the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
As a result of an excellent Science curriculum we want our children to:
Have science rich encounters and resources, making learning personal and purposeful to the children’s own experiences and home life and raising the science capital for each child.
Become independent, reflective learners and continue to ask scientific questions and be curious about their surroundings and the universe (enlightenment).
Have the scientific knowledge and skills, which is relevant to all children, for future learning and employment and to have aspirations to succeed in life.
Have strong science links to local businesses, institutions and the wider community.
Understanding the contribution of science to these and to promote the children to have inspirations for themselves.
Be immersed in and develop excellent scientific vocabulary, articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely.
Study significant scientists, both past and present that have helped to shape our world to influence children in the world of Science.
Be ‘courageous advocates’ championing scientific causes that may be for a local or global issue.
Work scientifically in a variety of ways to investigate scientific concepts and natural phenomena.
We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability with a broad and balanced science curriculum.
Our implementation of Science ensures high standards of teaching and learning through a carefully
planned curriculum that shows progression of knowledge and skills throughout the whole school. Through this children become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, recording and interpreting results.
Each Science topic is planned through a ‘sequence of learning’ approach. Within this sequence of learning, working scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure skills are being developed and progression is evident throughout the year groups. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts and the wider community.
Within the sequence of learning children are:
Introduced to the topic by a wow moment to ignite their curiosity with awe and wonder to inspire them to ask questions.
Immersed in and develop scientific knowledge and concepts through exploration and first hand experiences.
Taught scientific skills through a process of modelling and practicing which include: questioning, describing observations, explaining observations, predicting, measuring, recording, interpreting and evaluating.
Encouraged to apply acquired knowledge and skills to work independently and conduct focused investigations within their science topics.
Provided with a real life scenario with which to report to a real audience.
In addition to this, Knowledge Organisers are created by teachers to ensure there is increased detail and depth to medium term planning. Specific knowledge and skills that children will develop at each stage of the ‘Sequence of Learning’ are detailed within this planning as well as subject specific key vocabulary. Enrichment activities such as trips and visitors are also planned for to ensure high levels of engagement and enjoyment within our Science provision.
Events such as Science weeks also provide children with the opportunity to celebrate Science and to engage and inspire children. These events often involve families and the wider community.
As a result of a progressive, well-sequenced and purposeful Science curriculum our children have a strong understanding of the scientific aspects of the world. Children are excited and curious and are equipped with knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute positively to their community.
Children can use their scientific knowledge to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
Children have conceptual understanding developed through specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. They are considered and understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future. Children become increasingly independent and reflective learners who are curious about their surroundings and universe. Through engagement with local businesses and institutions children develop an understanding of the wider community as well as raising their own aspirations.
We monitor the impact of our curriculum through:
Prior learning and post learning activities in core and non-core subjects. TAPS is used in Science specifically.
Subject Leadership: Subject leads routinely monitor the effectiveness of their subjects through pupil voice exercises, work scrutiny and teaching and learning observations.
Progression Maps in all subjects inform and ensure a clarity of judgement against subject End Points.
Senior Leadership Standard Reviews and Pupil Progress Meetings take place termly to ensure no child is left behind.
A Strategic Assessment Calendar ensures Science is assessed each term. This data is used to support teachers in make judgements on children’s progress and achievement.
A central tracking system (Target Tracker) is used to assess Science and this data is used to make judgements on children’s progress and achievement.