Science National Curriculum
The 2014 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 the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At Pewithall Primary school, we encourage all children to be inquisitive learners. The Science Curriculum encourages children to have a healthy curiosity about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living.
As a school, we recognise Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. We encourage children to acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each topic and across each year group, building upon prior learning.
Working Scientifically skills are built upon and developed throughout each year group enabling children to apply their knowledge of Science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts. All children are encouraged to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
Science Curriculum Intent
Science Curriculum Impact
At Pewithall Primary School, teachers model a positive attitude towards Science within their classrooms and reinforce the expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Science.
Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Science;
Science is taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, using a project-based approach and enabling the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
Through planning, teachers involve problem-solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and are given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom.
Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge.
Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning so that all children keep up.
Science Curriculum Implementation
The successful implementation of Developing Experts within school has resulted in a fun, engaging, high-quality Science curriculum, providing children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Engagement with the local environment has enabled children to learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them.
Children are learning about the possibilities for careers in Science and have had different opportunities to engage with positive role models within the field of Science.