At Woodcroft Primary School, the subject of Science provides children with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the world around them, through unique experiences and exciting enquiries. We aim to provide the knowledge children will need to be successful in life and further education, as well as using science to foster curiosity and a love of learning. We value the skills needed to be a successful scientist such as observation, pattern seeking, predicting and hypothesising and our curriculum allows children to build on these skills throughout their time with us.
When planning and teaching science teachers should consider:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge and vocabulary that children must master;
- A KWL grid to assess prior knowledge, areas of interest to develop and at the end of the unit an assessment of what they have learnt;
- A vocabulary assessment grid to assess prior knowledge ( through a traffic light system)
- A learning journey which will enable all children to use the relevant working scientifically skills and acquire the knowledge detailed in the national curriculum.
- The science knowledge that is being taught and the relevant vocabulary that the children will need to understand. Teaching is adapter to ensure all can make progress.
- How questioning will be used to develop reasoning and thinking skills across all year groups and abilities.
- Opportunities for practical investigations which will make the learning memorable and provide children with a deeper understanding of the science being taught, as well as providing unique experiences.
- How science skills and knowledge can link to wider areas of the curriculum and wherever possible incorporated into their topic.
- Longitudinal studies which enable children to witness changes over the course of the year.
Impact of our high quality science curriculum is evident through:
- Assessment of both working scientifically skills and scientific knowledge.
- Pupil discussions about their learning.
- An evaluation of learning through KWL grids and vocabulary development.
- Pupils are able to apply scientific skills in different contexts.
- Pupils are able to reason, question and explain their scientific thought.
- Pupils can observe changes over long periods of time and note how changing seasons affect cycles in nature.
- Pupils are curious and question the world around them.