At our school we want pupils to be actively interested in science with an understanding of the impact of science on our world. We aim to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to be inquisitive investigators of ‘why’ and ‘what if’, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. Working scientifically, skills are embedded in each topic from EYFS through to the end of Year 6. Topics are revisited and built on to embed further knowledge throughout KS1 and then KS2. This enables children to build on their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics and develops further curiosity. All our pupils are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations as well as being encouraged to question the world around them. Specific and technical vocabulary for all topics are taught and developed throughout the years across the school. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
We have created a comprehensive progression document for staff to follow to best cover and embed every element of the science curriculum including a quick recap of previous learning in each topic (including the year taught and the vocabulary). The knowledge/skills statements build year on year to deepen and challenge our learners to increase their ability to question and investigate. We encourage further interest in science through our annual science week which is accessible to all years from nursery through to year 6.
How to Implement the progression document and long term plan
We feel that science should be embedded across the wider curriculum and should involve historical knowledge of science (within the primary curriculum), famous scientists of all backgrounds and what possible impact science could have on the future of the wider world community. Science is taught through a mixture of timetabled science lessons and cross curricular lessons which aids the pupils to link to real life situations. At the beginning of each topic pupils are provided with a knowledge organiser and the topic specific technical vocabulary, which could take the form of a whole class working document, working wall or individual organisers in books and there will be a recap of previous knowledge (taught in previous year groups) to identify any gaps and to link the pupils learning. Pupils will be challenged to become independent science learners in an open manner involving discussions, physical investigations and research. There will be trips and visits from experts to enhance the learning experience for all ages.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver whilst feeling empowered to ask questions and investigate the possible answers. Our pupils are constantly asked why, what if, explain and build on, as well as being encouraged to challenge and question each other. The oracy skills displayed by our pupils will embed the technical skills and knowledge further, and will increase the level of knowledge displayed in a variety of formats. This display of skills and knowledge can be collated through diagrams, descriptions, discussions, quizzes, formal write-ups and physical investigations developed over time from EYFS through to the end of KS2. We provide a variety of routes, equipment and investigations for learning about science, the technical vocabulary as well as routes to developing scientific thought patterns to prepare our pupils for the next stage of their education within the secondary sector. Our pupils will leave our school with an interest, knowledge and the skills required to enable them to pursue further education with a view to future employment in the science industry. This variety of teaching, learning and reviewing of knowledge and skills enables all our pupils to achieve the best possible outcomes.