Statement of Intent
The federation vision is to give children a science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. The exciting, practical and hands-on experiences which we give to them here in school will encourage curiosity and questioning. Through experiencing high quality science in school, we aim to encourage children to make clear comparisons with their experiences outside school.
Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary.
We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore the world around them.
Our science curriculum is structured clearly throughout the year and formed around a rolling program. This ensures progression is clear and consistent for each year group. The planning of science is built upon the foundations identified in our progression document. Teachers are encouraged to use a wide range of resources to support their teaching. Through this approach, teachers are not tied to a scheme and can have the autonomy to identify the best practice for their class and unit of science. As well as identifying opportunities to develop knowledge, teachers ensure that children use working scientifically skills regularly and across different aspects of science.
Assessment is used throughout the year to identify children’s knowledge, for the development of long-term memory and to influence teachers' planning and the children’s learning opportunities. Assessments are made at statutory milestones.
A heavy emphasis on practical learning is embedded within our implementation of science and we believe that it is through these experiences that children learn best. We encourage children to become independent thinkers who problem solve, reflect and evaluate their experiences with careful consideration. Links with the local area are encouraged where possible and outdoor learning is used consistently to bring science to life in a meaningful and comparable way for the children.
There are clear links with other subjects to support children’s understanding in history, geography, maths and design and technology to ensure knowledge and skills are cross curricular. Through doing this, science becomes meaningful.