Our aim is that children will be given the opportunity to develop and acquire key scientific knowledge through practical experiences; using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. We want children to be confident to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings and the world they live in.
We aim to do this by:
- Using skills wheels in every lesson (from Reception to Year 6) to help the children recognise which skills they are using, ensuring that prior skills are built on.
- At least one hands on, practical investigation per topic.
- Teachers to teach children ‘how’ to carry out practical procedures.
- Providing children with opportunities to answer questions using different types of enquiry (fair test, identifying and classifying, using secondary sources, patterns, observing over time).
- Having a whole school Science day to provide children with active, first hand experiences to ensure that learning is memorable and enjoyable.
- Knowledge organisers are used to check existing knowledge at the beginning of each topic to ensure teaching is informed by the children’s starting points and at the end of the topic to see what they have learnt.
- Use the outside environment to support hands on learning.
How we measure impact:
- Frequent formative assessment (in class questioning) to identify any gaps in learning and to clarify any misconceptions.
- Knowledge organisers will identify any gaps in learning and teachers will be able to plan and address these to close these gaps.
- The National Curriculum has been broken down across Key Stage 1 and 2 to ensure that key skills and knowledge are taught.
- At the end of the year, teachers will make judgements about pupil’s understanding/application and record these on our assessment system, Pupils will be judged at working towards, at or beyond these age related expectations.