Science intent statement:
At St Peter at Gowts, we understand that children are naturally curious and we encourage this inquisitive nature throughout their time with us and beyond. Science fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. We believe Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Through the Science programmes of study in the National Curriculum children will acquire and develop these skills throughout their Primary years. We ensure that the working scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout their school career so that they can use equipment, conduct experiments, build arguments and explain concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. In an ever-changing world, we are leaders in educating our children about key issues that affect our environment and challenge pupils to become more eco conscious, driving the principles of sustainability.
Our Science curriculum is implemented by teachers who create a positive attitude to science learning and engage children within their classrooms, reinforcing an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards as scientists. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves cross-curricular and enrichment opportunities which, otherwise, our children may have limited experiences of.
- Science units of study begin with a pre-assessment of current knowledge and skills, from which a learning sequence is constructed.
- Our planned curriculum is progressive in working scientifically skills and knowledge, with the discrete teaching of vocabulary at its heart, which is subsequently built upon through programmes of study and year groups.
- Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. As a scientist, children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers as well as becoming more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence
- Teachers aspire to create 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 formatively assess children regularly, through written, observational and verbal means, to identify those children with gaps and small next steps for individuals as well as the wider class.
- Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various working scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts.
- Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.
- Regular events, such as science themed weeks, also provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These events often involve families and the wider community.
- Activities and tasks are differentiated, providing all learners with the appropriate level of support and stretch, based on assessment for learning, to ensure the needs of all learners are met.
- At the end of each unit, pre-assessments are completed again to evidence learning and allow children to reflect upon the knowledge and understanding they have acquired.
As Scientists, children experience a fun and engaging science curriculum, that provides them with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning inside and outside the classroom is embedded throughout the Science curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with experts, children have the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. As scientists, children learn the possibilities for careers in Science, as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM association, learning from and working with professionals, ensuring that children have access to positive role models within the field of science from the immediate and wider local community. From this exposure to a range of different scientists from various backgrounds, all children feel they are scientists and capable of achieving.