At Farcet C of E Primary School, we believe that all pupils have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of Science. We believe children are entitled to learn to understand the world around them whilst also developing strong specific skills and knowledge to help them think scientifically. We also believe that the Science taught will allow them to gain an understanding of scientific processes and allow them to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and in the future.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and where suitable, these topics are revisited and developed upon throughout their time at Farcet C of E Primary School. We believe this allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topic whilst embedding the knowledge into long-term memory.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
We value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We recognise that reading is essential for academic success and the key to accessing knowledge across the curriculum. Therefore reading is given high priority within Science.
Teachers have access to Engaging Science, a scheme designed around creative themes and topics as well as ensuring the teaching of Working Scientifically is incorporated. Teachers use this, the progression document and long-term overview to plan:
- A medium term plan which outlines the knowledge all children must master during the half term.
- A cycle of lessons for Science, which carefully plans for progression and depth.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning.
- Key vocabulary.
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
- A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ work in their class or around school
Our Science curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
- Children can apply their understanding outside of Science lessons to be able to show connections as well as develop their understanding of other subjects further.
- A celebration of learning for each term, which demonstrates progression across the school.
- Pupil discussions about their learning which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
- Tracking of end of Key Stage One and Key Stage Two outcomes throughout each year group. Identified outcomes for each Key Stage are broken down and identified to the relevant year group for teachers to pass along for end of Key Stage judgements.
At Farcet C of E Primary School, we ensure that children are equipped with scientific skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Science, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.