Science Curriculum Intention, Implementation and Impact
At Grove Lea Primary School it is our intent to enthuse and engage all children in scientific learning through the teaching of biology, chemistry and physics.
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Therefore it is important that all children are encouraged in learning and continue to foster a natural curiosity for the world and how it works. We want to inspire children to ask those questions and find the answers.
We aim to give children a solid foundation for scientific learning by equipping them with a broad knowledge and a wide range of skills which they will have the confidence to use.
Our curriculum aims to give purposeful learning opportunities to all children at their own level. Children should be taught through inquiry based learning, where they are given time to investigate, prove and justify theories and reasons.
We also feel it is important to immerse and enrich our children’s learning in a wide range of scientific vocabulary, which they will learn, use and understand.
The teaching of science at Grove Lea Primary focuses on expanding children’s knowledge, encouraging them to ask questions, use and understand new vocabulary and acquire the scientific skills they need to carry out investigations safely by using the correct equipment.
All teachers are responsible for planning their own science lessons which cover the programs of study from the National Curriculum 2014 and Understanding of the World in the Early Years. A progression grid is in place to ensure that science is taught in a systematic and progressive way.
Science is taught consistently as a stand alone subject, at least once a week for one or two sessions, but is discretely taught in many different contexts throughout all areas of the curriculum. For example, through English, i.e. writing a letter to a local politician regarding the closure of a park or a biography of a famous scientist’s life.
Most science lessons begin with a 'Know More, Remember More' activity to ensure that learning is secure before moving onto new concepts, knowledge and skills.
All classes have an interactive learning wall where science vocabulary, children’s work and questions to further children’s knowledge can be found. Information is also displayed and shared with children in the form of a knowledge organsier. These are to support children in learning current themes and objectives, whilst also reminding them of prior knowledge.
At the beginning of each unit the children complete an activity where they show what they already know about the theme and what they would like to find out. This means lessons can be planned based on what children need to learn next and will also match their interests. We return to this document after the unit has been taught to find out what the children know now.
Most year groups will have a school visit relating to their science theme throughout the year. This allows children to gain different experiences which will impact upon their learning.
We also have an annual whole school science day where all children are involved in a variety of different science activities. We hope that these days will inspire children and encourage their curiosity for scientific learning.