Science

Intent
At Broadway Infant School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in primary schools, we ensure the teaching and learning of science builds on children’s previous knowledge whilst developing curiosity and excitement in the subject, giving them the desire to explore further. First hand experiences will enable them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry.

In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through a wide range of scientific enquiries that help them to answer questions about the world around them;
  • be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
  • develop pupils’ enjoyment and interest in science.
  • use a range of investigations and practical activities to give pupils a greater understanding of the concepts and knowledge of science.
  • build on pupils’ curiosity and sense of awe in the natural world.
  • Use cross curricular teaching whenever possible to enable them to make links between subjects.
  • develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.

Implementation
The National Curriculum provides a structure of content and skill development for the science curriculum which is taught throughout the school. ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed as they move through the school. As we work on a topic basis we link our learning in science to our themes wherever possible.

Our science principles are firmly embedded in our science teaching and learning, lessons are planned and taught in topic blocks in each year group so the children can achieve a greater depth of knowledge.

Teachers deliver engaging lessons, using practical resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge and understanding. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and investigations to discover the answers.

We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years, aiming to make our children increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.

Children are offered a range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.

Science Fairs and Stay and Investigate sessions involve parents and enable them to come in and share the learning with their children.

Impact
Our Science Curriculum results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education for all that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world around them. Our use of the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences.

Teachers use questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, assessing children against the National Curriculum. The assessment data produced by teachers demonstrates good progress in science throughout the school.

Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.

Science Principles Document

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