In our rapidly evolving world, science is a vital part of our curriculum. Science teaching at Arunside aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them. Children are a able to acquire specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. Through fun and engaging lessons, we encourage the children to develop a sense of ‘awe and wonder’ regarding the nature of our World. While carrying investigations based on real life, children learn how to use a range of equipment safely and accurately. Science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels. Whilst working towards end goals, the children will be able to provide evidence and proof of their ideas and discoveries. Technical vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Inspiration will be taken from learning about famous scientists and learning about their work and their contributions to our everyday lives. Children are also able to link their developing knowledge and understanding in other areas of the curriculum. For example – reading scales on measuring cylinders links to learning about volume in mathematics.
We use a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of Science. We believe our pupils should be equipped with the skills and knowledge to describe their scientific learning, by using technical terminology accurately and precisely. They should build up an extended vocabulary, knowledge and apply this throughout their learning journey. Key vocabulary for each unit of work is displayed in classrooms and referred to during lessons. There is a Progression of Vocabulary document which is used across the school. A variety of teaching and learning styles are used in science lessons with the aim of developing children’s knowledge, understanding and skills. This could be through whole class teaching, investigation or research-based activities. Children are encouraged to ask and answer scientific questions. Wherever possible, children are engaged in real scientific problem-solving activities. Each unit is planned with prior learning using the Knowledge and Skills Progression documents and end goals are at the heart of learning process. We are committed to ensure all our children’s needs are met and our planning reflects our knowledge of the children and the practical nature of scientific investigations really helps to engage children in their science lessons. Science lessons provide the opportunity for data to be collected and technology to be used. Cross-curricular links are made to other areas of learning – for example – developing computing skills for recording results of experiments. Our lessons are enhanced through learning from a wide range of external resources. These include online workshops and talks, taking part in national and local competitions, e.g. Roar 2020, and visitors who work in the science sector.
The impact of our Science curriculum is that our learners are equipped with the scientific skills and knowledge that will enable then to be ready for the secondary curriculum as well as having high aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life and for life as an adult in the world outside the classroom. Children will be able to demonstrate their ability to interpret scientific thinking and suggest ways in which they might explore a scientific principle. Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment. Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge. They will possess a richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts. Children’s learning is assessed against the age-related expectations for science.
We want every child to see themselves as a scientist and never stop being amazed by the wonders our world has to offer; to carry on asking questions and explore the possibilities open to them.