We are very proud of our science curriculum. It can be defined by its intent, implementation & impact.
What is our Intent?
We teach science in Years 1-6 and the Early Years statutory framework for our reception class aged pupils. We have designed our ambitious curriculum to match the needs of all of our pupils, including those who are disadvantaged and those with SEND, in our mixed age classes. The key components are:
- A sequenced progression of knowledge and skills that builds on and revisits what is taught and learnt to secure children’s long term memory
- The development of critical thinking skills and personal characteristics
- Breadth of opportunity and enjoyment
- High quality-first classroom teaching based on research-derived principles and staff professional knowledge and expertise
What is our Implementation?
The key components of how we deliver our Intent (our implementation):
- Clear, shared understanding of effective, high quality-first teaching to raise achievement, delivered through our pedagogical approach
- In the early years foundation stage science is a combination of exploratory, child-led investigation and teacher-led activities. Children develop a basic understanding of scientific phenomena and working scientifically through the different prime areas of learning
- Science is taught discretely in key stage 1 and 2, to ensure pupils are clear as to the subject that is being taught. Work is completed in specific subject books or folders
- Carefully designed and purposefully delivered formative and summative assessment strategies that promote deep learning and long-term memory of key concepts, knowledge and skills and inform next steps in learning
- Pupils become a skilled 'explorer', 'gatherer', 'explainer' and 'evaluator' in the development of critical thinking and enquiry and working scientifically
- Personal development and character-building and British values embedded in our curriculum
- CPD for staff aligned with whole school strategic direction and/or individual need
What is our Impact?
Pupil outcomes are captured in a variety of ways to measure our Impact.
Capturing and measuring Impact includes:
- A range of strategies to assess pupils’ achievement of key objectives in science, that define meeting the expected standard and exceeding the expected standard, taking into account the very practical nature of science
- The subject leader undertaking aspects of evaluation and reporting in their Impact Statements, which enables them to talk knowledgeably about how well pupils meet the expectations of standards in science and their impact as a subject leader on teaching and learning
- Our most recent external quality assurance judgements
- Pupils being ready for the next stage of their education, which is underpinned by the continuity of the mixed age class approach