Subject Leader: Miss Poppy Mckeown
At Orston Primary School, our Science curriculum is designed to foster a love of learning about the world and promote concern and active care for our environment, whilst deepening children’s scientific understanding.
At Orston Primary School, we aim to teach a Science curriculum which:
- Covers the Science Programmes of Study of the National Curriculum and Understanding of the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- Promotes learning through a variety of teaching and learning styles.
- Helps develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world
- Helps our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas.
- Develops the use of scientific language, recordings and techniques.
- Helps in developing and extending children’s scientific concept of the world, and encourage them to ask deeper questions about the world building upon their natural curiosity.
- Develops the skills of investigation including observing, measuring, predicting, experimenting, communicating, presenting and interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Prepares our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world.
- Encourages the development of positive attitudes to Science.
- Fosters concern about, and active care for, our environment.
The Science Programmes of Study of the National Curriculum and Understanding of the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage sets the expectation of what children should be taught. We wish to set high expectations for all our children and aim to encourage natural curiosity and questioning. We want to prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world. In addition, we wish to ensure children are confident life-long learners who will develop a love for Science and may be motivated to study Science further in the future.
1. Inquiring – We want our children to develop a sense of questioning. We wish them to discover answers to their questions, to question and prove misconceptions and previous knowledge through robust scientific enquiry.
2. Practical – We want our children to have practical hands-on scientific experience. We want them to explore, hypothesise and prove, through their own practical investigations. We wish them to be confident users of scientific equipment and be able to present data confidently through different means.
3. Aspiration – We want our pupils and staff to have high expectations of learning. Children are encouraged to aim high and to be open to possibilities at school and beyond in the scientific world. We wish to inspire future life-long learners of science.
4. Care – We want to ensure our school promotes concern and active care for our environment.
The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and Understanding of the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The key skills of Working Scientifically are integral to the learning and development of Science. These skills will be embedded throughout learning opportunities. Children will be taught Science once a week in discrete topics, linked to their wider learning if possible. Topics will build on previous learning in prior years.
Children’s interest and enjoyment of Science is a key feature when planning lessons. Children are encouraged to make the link with how science contributes to all aspects of daily life. Pupils are encouraged to relate their scientific studies to the real world.
Pupils are expected to ask questions, challenge misconceptions and seek answers to their own questions, through the use of scientific investigations. Practical work gives them a worth-while experience to develop their understanding of science. Children are able to progressively develop their ability to plan, carry out and evaluate scientific investigations. Teachers help pupils to develop their ability to make accurate and appropriate measurements, using a range of scientific measuring instruments.
Studying Science requires resilience and independent learning. We will foster these skills through our robust planning, implementation of lessons and guidance of activities.
Pupils are encouraged to use the correct scientific vocabulary and communicate their ideas about Science in the appropriate scientific way. They will be given regular opportunities to use key scientific terms and will be supported to use the correct scientific words through word mats or displays.
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.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
- Curious scientific minds with a care for what they see in the world around them.
Measuring and monitoring the impact of Science at Orston Primary takes on various strands. Class teachers are responsible for their continuous assessment for learning within the classroom. The Science lead will monitor science learning throughout the year, through various means, referring to the School Improvement Plan and the Science Action Plan.