We aim to ensure that all pupils develop:
- scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- 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
- the ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
- the confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
- excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- high levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
- the ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
- a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
- Teachers create a positive attitude to Science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science.
- Science is planned and taught using a progressive approach that enables the achievement of deeper understanding.
- Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess pupils regularly to identify those pupils with gaps in their learning, so that all pupils keep up.
- Curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high quality resources to aid conceptual understanding.
- Pupils’ knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting and using scientific equipment.
- Pupils become increasingly confident in their growing ability to collate and interpret results and come to conclusions based on real evidence.
- Pupils are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research skills to discover answers.
- During and/after lessons, pupils are assessed through informal assessment techniques: questioning, conferencing, reviewing written work against learning objective/success criteria, short retrieval activities, flashbacks.
- At the end of a unit, we expect that the vast majority of pupils will have remembered and be fluent in their understanding of the “milestones.”
Milestone 1: Year 1/2; Milestone 2: Year 3/4; Milestone 3: Year 5/6
Please find available for download the Science Primary National Curriculum.