Science

Intent

At St Martin’s, we value the importance that science has in everything we do and how it impacts our lives. We believe our curriculum provides a rich and varied science education, providing all pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to progress further and sustain their interest in STEM subjects in the future. In addition, we aim to provide children with opportunities to make links with other subjects.

Through our curriculum, we aim to foster children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world around us. Children are encouraged to explore, ask questions and challenge their understanding of science, and how this impacts our everyday lives. Working scientifically is at the core of our science delivery, developing children’s understanding of scientific methods, processes and skills. This is built upon through the school, enabling children to draw on their existing knowledge and apply this to new concepts with increased understanding and confidence.

At St Martin’s, we believe our science curriculum equips children with the knowledge they need to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Implementation

  • Science is planned to build upon existing knowledge, and demonstrate progression in scientific knowledge and skills.
  • Science delivery is underpinned by our curriculum progression map which details prior learning and onward progression of those skills.
  • Quizzes are used before and after a topic is taught. This enables teachers to elicit prior knowledge, and assess progress and understanding at the end of the topic.
  • Teachers create high quality engaging lessons which encompass conceptual knowledge and skills as well as providing opportunities for further study across the curriculum and beyond.
  • Lessons are developed to challenge all pupils alongside addressing individual needs.
  • Teaching is designed to focus on the key features of scientific enquiry so that pupils can demonstrate their understanding and use a variety of methods to answer relevant scientific questions effectively.
  • A strong scientific vocabulary is taught and encouraged, which enables pupils to effectively communicate their ideas and understanding scientifically.
  • There are strong links between science and our forest school curriculum with many aspects of the science curriculum being taught outdoors.
  • To increase parental engagement, knowledge planners are now sent home. Parents have the opportunity to discuss childrens learning with them to further embed the learning that is taking place in school.
  • To enhance the learning experience and maximise engagement in science, teachers use a variety of WOW openers at the start of a topic

Impact

  • Children enjoy learning science at our school and are enthusiastic about what they have learnt.
  • Children are becoming increasingly independent in science, selecting their own resources and materials, completing pupil lead investigations and choosing their own strategies for recording.
  • Children are encouraged to take part in home learning projects to share with their peers – a large part of the home learning undertaken by pupils is science based.
  • Parental engagement has increased as a direct result of the knowledge planners being sent home.
  • We have raised the profile of science within the school, with each year group having a science display in the corridor to detail what is being taught.

Curriculum progression

Intent – EYFS

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