Aims of the Department for the children:
1) To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in line with the 2014 National
Curriculum requirements through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
2) To develop, maintain and stimulate confidence and interest in Science, encouraging a positive attitude towards the subject.
3) To develop a growing awareness of the nature of the subject and its relevance to everyday life through a wide range of scientific enquiries.
4) To provide varied learning experiences, both collaborative and independent, supported by appropriate practical problem solving and investigating tasks.
5) To ensure pupils are equipped with the skills needed to investigate scientific ideas and processes, now and in the future.
Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are developed progressively throughout children’s time at the school: developing lines of enquiry and planning fair test investigations; conducting experiments; using a range of scientific apparatus effectively and safely; taking and recording appropriate measurements and/or observations; handling data (calculating averages, presenting data in tables, graphs etc.); concluding, explaining and evaluating; using modelling to engage with more abstract concepts; and application of mathematical calculations where appropriate. The science curriculum also offers pupils the opportunity to develop creativity and leadership skills and to gain the knowledge and skills to ensure that they are safe, healthy and happy.
A wide range of different teaching strategies are employed in both key stages. All lessons draw on and review prior learning and pupils are informed in terms of what they are learning to do or to know (Learning Objectives) and what evidence will be used to show that they have learned it (Success Criteria). These objectives and success criteria are shared with pupils in every lesson and are referred to in plenaries and in formative assessment tasks. Pupils are therefore aware of how they will be successful in each lesson and at the end of a lesson or unit of work they know where their strengths lie. Pupils are then equipped to set themselves targets for future improvement.
The science curriculum strives to be knowledge rich, focused and sequenced, equipping every pupil with the knowledge and skills to be successful, no matter what their starting point. The units of work in each year group are taught in a progressive manner, pupils building on previous learning to develop the key scientific ideas. Pupils are encouraged to relate topics to the three sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) so informing future educational and career choices.