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Science Curriculum

  • We teach science as a link between direct practical experience and ideas, therefore it engages learners at many levels. Pupils learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
  • We recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. Through a high quality science education, we provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • We develop children’s natural curiosity enabling them to become enquiry-based learners.
  • We encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment, using our local environment to make our learning relevant and personal.
  • We provide opportunities for developing scientific vocabulary through discussion and critical evaluation.
  • We build on our children’s interests and natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
  • We encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • We develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.

Intent

Science at St Mary Magdalen’s is about developing children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding that enabling them to make sense of the world in which they live through different types of science enquiries, as well as using and applying process skills. We provide children of all genders and backgrounds, with a broad and balanced science curriculum within the disciplines of Physics, Biology and Chemistry. This supports our school mission statement by ensuring each child recognises their unique role in our world.

In our rapidly evolving world, we see science as a vital part of our curriculum intention. Science stimulates and excites pupils’ about events in the world around them and satisfies their curiosity with knowledge, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge required to understand the many uses and implications of science now and in the future.

Implementation

We implement a curriculum that is exciting and progressive throughout the whole school. This means that children build on the knowledge from previous learning within the strands of science as they move up through the school and ensures that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Science is taught consistently, once a week for up to two hours, but is also cross-curricular links are made by discretely teaching science in many different contexts throughout all areas of the curriculum. For example, through English, e.g. writing a letter to a local politician regarding local environmental issues. Also, through the teaching of British Values and PSHE, children learn and revisit the importance of our world and how it should be treated.

National Curriculum for Science

Please click here for the Science programme of study for Key Stage 1 and 2 from the DfE.

  • Through ‘Knowledge Organisers’, children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply it to the written and verbal communication of their skills.
  • Children access resources to acquire learning through Science equipment, digital technology, practical experiences and photographs. Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning.
  • We often take part in Educational Visits that are linked to Science. These provide essential first hand experiences for children of all ages, and develop their topical learning. This includes outdoor learning e.g. Workshops with Sussex Wildlife Trust.
  • We make links with local STEM ambassadors, who help us run workshops during our annual Science day. Science week creates a buzz of excitement and gives invaluable hands on experiences of Science including experiments.

Impact

The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.  Subject monitoring and book looks support regular feedback and marking in Science, along with regular low-stakes assessment in a range of creative approaches.

Children will:

  • achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year;
  • retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real life context;
  • be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge;
  • work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment;
  • be able to explain the process they have taken using a rich vocabulary, which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts;
  • be able to reason scientifically;
  • have high aspirations, which will see them consider further study of science and the possibility of scientific careers in their adult life;
  • have a wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
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