Emphasis is placed on developing an enquiring mind and children are encouraged to develop their own curiosity about the world in which they live. First hand observations and research using secondary sources (books, videos and the internet) are used to encourage the children to develop their own curiosity and help them formulate questions to deepen their learning; this is particularly true in KS2. The children are guided in designing their own investigations to answer specific questions. As children progress through the school they are not only taught the importance of exploring, observing, measuring, recording results and drawing conclusions, but also the skill of an organised and methodical approach to learning.
- Continue to ensure that curriculum content is covered by each Year group and class, and aim to teach science lessons in an exciting, stimulating and practical way.
- Michaelchurch Escley Primary School has constructed a Science curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
- Ensuring all pupils have the opportunities for investigative science activities.
- Michaelchurch Escley Primary School’s curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.
- The standard of written work meets school expectations. The pupils apply their knowledge and understanding of strategies and skills taught and learnt in literacy and numeracy.
- Check that statutory objectives have been covered.
- Ensure continuity and progression and enable pupils to access statutory objectives/concepts set out in the National Curriculum.
- Science moderation (where available).
- Pupils are given regular opportunities in each unit of work in an investigative way by asking ‘What happens when? Or proving/disproving predictions they make.
- They work collaboratively and independently to plan and participate in experiments. They record their work in suitable diagrams, tables and charts.
- Use of outdoor environment to make science ‘real’.
- Shared, practical science days planned and delivered in conjunction with Fairfield staff.
- Children are encouraged to use skills taught across the curriculum (ie: data handling & measuring, written and oral communication, illustration & design).
- Health & well-being incorporated into every PE lesson.
- Introduction of ‘Non-negotiables’ display in a prominent location in the classroom to continuously refer to and remind children of high expectations and quality of work in every subject.
Children will acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum and the skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives. Children will have the skills to organise their thinking and questioning that fosters their natural curiosity for the world in which they live.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.