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Science Intent

At St John's CE Primary School, our science curriculum meets the National Curriculum's statutory needs, and is designed to meet the needs of all pupils at our school. Science is valued as an important part of pupils' entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and is planned to build on knowledge and skills continually.

 

At St John’s Primary School, we aim to deliver creative, high-quality science lessons that engage, excite and inspire our pupils. We are committed to fostering a sense of curiosity and wonder about natural phenomena and develop our children’s understanding of the world around us through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Our science curriculum has been carefully developed to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and allow pupils to develop ­­­their scientific knowledge and skills through the delivery of memorable, enriching lessons.

We aim to provide children with opportunities to ask questions, make observations, investigate their ideas and ultimately improve their understanding. By providing a range of practical experiences, we develop pupils’ investigative skills and allow children to take risks and learn from their mistakes, enabling them to become more confident, independent learners.

 

Our curriculum has been carefully planned and sequenced to ensure a progression of skills from EYFS right through to Year 6. At St John’s CE Primary School, our science curriculum aims to:

 

  • Develop children’s scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biologychemistry and physics,
  • Develop children’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them,
  • Ensure children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
  • Develop socially conscious children who care about the world around them, through cross-curricular links with PSHE and geography.
  • Inspire pupils through a yearly ‘Science Week’, meaningful visits and aspirational visitors to schools.
  • Develop future scientists, promoting and celebrating careers in STEM

 

Science Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Our science lessons are meaningful and relevant, involving cross-curricular links each half term. At St John’s CE Primary, teaching is well-informed and appropriate for each class. Teachers have an understanding of the sequence of learning in science and use this to assess prior learning and further extend children’s understanding and their scientific skills. 

 

Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure 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 units are taught on a year rolling programme in line with the coverage of the National Curriculum. This ensures progression between year groups and permits children to have a progressive experience of Science. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, and they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.

Key vocabulary and meanings will be taught within each topic with a clear progression between year groups in order for children to understand and readily apply their written, mathematical and verbal communication skills they have developed.

Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure that these skills are systematically developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. Each topic taught will involve an investigation so that pupils’ understanding of working scientifically, using increasingly complex equipment develops as they progress through the school.

Attainment will be assessed each half term through teacher assessed tasks, in line with school policy. In each year group, the final summer half term is used to address any misconceptions that have arisen throughout the year and allow time to revisit and embed learning to ensure there is a smooth transition to the next year group’s science content.

 

Science Impact

At St John’s, pupils will revisit key concepts and skills which consolidates learning and demonstrates progression throughout the key stages. At the start of each science topic we encourage the pupils to self-assess what they already know as a starting point. At the end of each half term in each year group, pupils are assessed against age-related expectations through formative assessment and relevant activities set and assessed by the class teacher.

Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our science curriculum through routine monitoring which includes looking at pupils’ books, displays and listening to pupil voice. Time is allocated at the end of each year to address any misconceptions and ensure learning is fully embedded before children move to the next year group. This facilitates the smooth progression of skills across year groups and Key Stages and allows pupils to develop a secure understanding of each year’s objectives.

Science Whole School Curriculum Map

Year 6 have been looking at adaptation. We carried out an investigation into beak types and food sources to identify if these made a difference to the success of a finch on the Galapagos Islands.


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