“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Children are naturally curious. Science at primary school should nurture this curiosity and allow them to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions.
Intent of our Science Provision
we aim to give our pupils an excellent first experience of science to develop their scientific knowledge as well as developing an understanding of why it matters and the skills needed to continue investigating and discovering science for themselves. , whilst following the year group specific units set out in the national curriculum.
Implementation of our Science Provision
At Whitehouse our science curriculum has been developed to provide full coverage within the Science National Curriculum. It is taught in half termly unit blocks, allowing for a greater breadth of activities. The science curriculum has also been designed to be progressive, allowing our pupils to build upon their prior knowledge, understanding and skill development year on year as they move through the key stages. Lessons are planned using year-group specific targets and three-step differentiated learning objectives. Throughout the course of the year, all pupils will participate in at least one hour of science each week and will take part in a range of indoor and outdoor investigations, working
In Early Years and KS1, pupils will master basic scientific skills. Children will learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They will talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They will make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. In KS2, pupils will master these skills and move onto further topics including forces, electricity and evolution and inheritance. Pupils will take part in more complex investigations, ask more of their own questions and develop a greater understanding of variables and causal relationships. Children will develop the skills needed to plan their own investigations, including formulating an aim, hypothesis, method, results, conclusion and evaluation. This will help prepare them as they move on to secondary school.
Whole school science days are also used to provide the children inspiring hands on, practical activities and we offer opportunities outside of the school curriculum, such as science club, gardening club and forest schools club to extend our pupils’ experience of science.
Impact of our Science Provision
Our science provision equips the children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.