Primary Curriculum Science
knowledge is structured in consciousness
IN THIS SECTION
‘Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.’ The National Curriculum, 2014.
This quote underpins the ever evolving nature of Science and the teaching of Science within our school. Science is a core subject alongside English and Mathematics. Each child takes part in a weekly science lesson or designated science days which develops their scientific enquiry skills and also their knowledge and understanding of a range of science topics.
These are experienced through practical enquiry, development of scientific vocabulary and fun activities. The children are given many opportunities to apply their skills through their science lessons and termly themes. In both KS1 and KS2 we follow the Hamilton’s trust scheme of work and through monitoring and evaluation we ensure all appropriate science topics are taught in each year group and that knowledge is then built upon each year. The children’s progress in ‘working scientifically’ and ‘scientific knowledge’ for each science topic is assessed and recorded by each class teacher. These assessments then enable the class teacher to be accurate in the attainment of each child. Regular assessment informs both child and teacher and then empowers the children to become independent, inquisitive scientists.
Pupils are also encouraged to combine interest and curiosity with a responsible attitude towards health and safety, as well as respect for living things and the physical environment.
The school has a number of habitats to act as a resource for some aspects of science teaching. These include a school garden with vegetable boxes, flower beds and wild flower areas