At St Agnes Primary School we understand the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. We believe that a good understanding of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding helps to support pupils’ work across the curriculum.
At St Agnes Primary School our vision is to give all children an inclusive Science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. The exciting, practical, hands on experiences which we give to them will encourage curiosity and questioning. In addition, promoting the experience of exploring and investigating scientific phenomena, in a range of contexts, will ensure a continually evolving knowledge and bank of core skills which will equip them for an ever-changing world as well as the knowledge and understanding to succeed in life.
Our Science curriculum is inclusive and ensures that all pupils of all abilities can access and develop the range of skills needed to be successful scientists. By teaching science in short, intense two week topic blocks, and by focusing on the key knowledge and skills outlined in our ‘Sticky Learning’, we aim to:
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world. ?
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems. ?
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigations – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating. ?
- Develop the use of scientific language (subject-specific vocabulary to enrich pupils’ knowledge and understanding), recording and techniques. ?
- Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording. ?
- Make links between science and other subjects and considering this in everyday living.
- In EYFS the children learn Scientific skills through the Understanding of the World – the topic based curriculum allows the children play based focused and independent opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes towards science.
- Throughout the rest of school (Yr 1 – 6), each topic gives the children the chance to ask questions about their learning. The children have 6 or 9 ‘sticky learning’ objectives including key vocabulary that they will study and learn during the topic and hopefully these will be embedded into long term memory. ?
- Teach the three strands of science – Physics, Biology and Chemistry – in a cohesive, sequenced way from Year 1 to Year 6.
- Opportunities for cross-curricular links are always used e.g. measurements and recording are linked in mathematic lessons as well as reading and writing opportunities across the curriculum including science.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge, skills and understanding linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives. We want the children to leave St Agnes with embedded knowledge (long-term memory) and skills that they can carry forward in their future learning and employment.