intent, implementation and impact
Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. Science is also a collaborative activity where ideas and suggestions are shared and investigated together. Through practical activities and team work, children experience and learn how to work together have mutual respect for one another and value social cohesion.
We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. Our aims in teaching science include:
Planning for science is a process in which all teaching staff are involved. Delivering a broad and balanced science education to our children is a core principle of our school. Science teaching in the school is about excellence and enjoyment. We adapt and extend the curriculum to match the unique circumstances of our school.
KS1 teachers teach science on average for a minimum of one hour each week.
KS2 teachers teach science on average for a minimum of two hours per week.
In KS1, a minimum of one third of lessons overall include practical scientific enquiry.
In KS2, a minimum of 50% of lessons overall include practical scientific enquiry.
The school ensures that a broad and balanced science curriculum is followed in which enquiry is at the heart of our children’s scientific learning by:
We have a tracking system to follow children’s progress. The school science coordinator monitors progress through the school by sampling children’s work at regular intervals. Children who are not succeeding, or children who demonstrate high ability in science, are identified and supported.
Assessment data is used to highlight areas where intervention or catch-up work is needed. Equally important is the continuous assessment of children’s work, much of which is informal and focused on both scientific knowledge and working scientifically. This assessment is used to inform teaching throughout the school.
Children are involved in the process of self-improvement, recognising their achievements and acknowledging where they could improve. Activities during, and at the end of, each topic record achievement and celebrate success.