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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 White Rose 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 White Rose Science covered our main aims and fit with our whole school ethos.
  • White Rose Science has been specifically designed to provide full coverage of the Science National Curriculum from Y1-Y6.
  • Topics are split into small steps that have been written to develop a solid understanding of scientific processes and concepts.
  • Each step focusses on a ‘Working Scientifically’ skill to ensure development and progression of skills across years and year groups.
  • White Rose Science takes a ‘Hands on heads on’ approach ensuring practical activities are both engaging and relevant.
  • Each scheme of learning for a topic provides a range of practical lesson ideas for each small step to enable teachers to adapt the lesson to suit their cohort.
  • It also provides information about common misconceptions and key questions to ensure teachers can ensure deeper understanding for each small step.
  • All White Rose Science lessons are planned to ensure that all children in a class can access and master the intended knowledge and skills with each lesson.
  • Effective formative assessment is built into every small step so that teachers are aware of children’s developing knowledge and understanding, and their use of skills.
  • Clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.
  • 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 British 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.
  • 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 the National Curriculum ranging from Y1 to Y6, ensuring that transition between Key Stages is smooth and effective.

 

Science Policy 2023 - 2024

Science Curriculum Overview 2023 - 2024

Science Curriculum Progression

Science Curriculum Coverage by Year Group

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