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  • Our Lady Queen of Peace
  • Catholic Primary School
  • ‘Through Christ we Live, Love and Learn’

SCIENCE

INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT

 

It is our intent at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School for pupils to be fully immersed in every aspect of Science and for them to recognise the importance of Science in daily life. We ensure the teaching and learning of Science has the importance and prominence it deserves by delivering a well-rounded, engaging curriculum. We use Snap Science as programme of study which enhances our quality first teaching. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge, understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. Science is encouraged to be hands on, investigative and fun.

 

Intent

Research

Implementation

Impact

Intention 1: To build a science curriculum, which develops learning and intellectual curiosity and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills which enables children to access the wider curriculum. Ensuring pupils have the appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to fulfil the duties of the National Curriculum whereby schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly- based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities and responsibilities and experiences for later life.

 

Intention 2: To build a science curriculum that incorporates the understanding of science skills, using an enquiry-based approach that is accessible for all pupils.

 

Intention 3: To make pupils aware of the cross curricular links between Science and other school subjects, as well as their lives more generally.

 

Intention 4: To use the science curriculum to accurately assess the knowledge and skills pupils need to progress.

  • When developing our science curriculum, we researched many different science schemes and we found that Snap Science covered our main aims and fit with our whole school ethos.
  • Snap Science has been created and developed by a team of leading experts to give subject leaders and teachers the confidence to develop a new scheme of work for Science in their school which clearly meets the aims of the new National Curriculum for Science.
  • The full Snap Science framework is built on a clear progression of conceptual knowledge in science from FS to Y6, which has been used to structure the content within key ideas, from year to year and within each year group and module, and to identify conceptual gaps in the National Curriculum. This ensures that children systematically develop their knowledge of big ideas and their scientific skills.
  • All Snap Science lessons are planned to ensure that all children in a class can access and master the intended knowledge and skills with each lesson offering three levels of differentiated task.
  • Snap Science outlines links to other subject areas where appropriate and has a ‘Big Cat’ literacy link for each lesson.
  • Effective formative assessment is built into every Snap Science lesson so that teachers are aware of children’s developing knowledge and understanding, and their use of skills. The Evidence of Learning section provides clear guidance for teachers to indicate things children say, write, draw and do regarding achievement of the learning intention. As well as formative assessment evidence from lessons, Snapshots, a set of assessment activities designed to check up on children’s understanding of the concepts taught in a module, are provided for teachers to use.
  • Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum (Snap Science).
  • Science working walls in each classroom which focus on key skills and vocabulary for each module.
  • Build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
  • Wider curriculum science will be reinforced through events such as National Science Week and Healthy Eating Week.
  • Use a range of methods to communicate scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T.
  • Use literacy in science to deepen understanding.
  • Consistently using the inbuilt assessment within Snap Science.
  • All children will have been taught a curriculum that ensures a broad and deep engagement of the Science Programme of Study and assessment strategies will accurately measure what children have been taught and what they have learnt.
  • All children can work appropriately towards achieving the learning intention, with support provided for children with lower prior attainment in reading, writing and maths.
  • All children will have been taught a curriculum that is shaped by a clear progression of science knowledge and skills from FS to Y6, ensuring that transition between Key Stages is smooth and effective.

 

Science Policy 2021 - 2022

Science Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022

Science Curriculum Coverage by Year Group

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