Our Science curriculum aims to develop in our pupils a lifelong curiosity and interest in the Sciences.
When planning for the Science curriculum, we use the curriculum planning and resources from the Association for Science Education (ASE) as a starting point. We know that children love to experiment and so we make sure that in each topic we have plenty of opportunity to learn core science skills through hands-on science.
As children progress through the year groups, they build on their skills in working scientifically, as well as on their scientific knowledge, as they develop greater independence in planning and carrying out fair and comparative tests to answer a range of scientific questions.
The curriculum has been designed so that core skills, in observation and prediction, for example, are extended and deepened as the children move from year group to year group through the school. Our curriculum helps the children to consolidate and retain the science knowledge they have learnt and also reinforce key scientific vocabulary from each unit.
The ASE scheme of work ensures that children have a varied, progressive and well-mapped-out science curriculum that provides the opportunity for progression across the full breadth of the science national curriculum for KS1 and KS2.
Science is a core subject at St Cecilia’s and is taught for 5 out of the 6 half terms in each school year. It is taught by the class teacher. Teachers teach the topics as laid out in the Progression Map.
The acquisition of key scientific knowledge is an integral part of our science lessons. Our curriculum plan which lays out clear expectations for the development of knowledge and skills enables children to learn and retain the important, useful and powerful vocabulary and knowledge contained within each unit.
The progression of skills for working scientifically are developed through the year groups and scientific enquiry skills are of key importance within lessons. The progression of these skills is set out in the Science Progression Map with each lesson having a clear focus. Scientific knowledge and enquiry skills are developed with increasing depth and challenge as children move through the year groups. They complete investigations and hands-on activities while gaining the scientific knowledge for each unit.
Teachers ask probing questions, using their subject knowledge, to help support the children’s own enquiry based learning. These questions allow the class teachers to assess children's levels of understanding at various points in the lesson. They also enable opportunities to recap concepts where necessary. The sequence of lessons helps to embed scientific knowledge and skills, with each lesson building on previous learning.
There is also the opportunity to regularly review and evaluate children's understanding. Activities are effectively differentiated so that all children have an appropriate level of support and challenge. The ASE curriculum includes teacher guidance to ensure that they are are equipped with secure scientific subject knowledge, enabling them to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities while making them aware of possible scientific misconceptions.
In Science, progress is measured through a child’s ability to know more, remember more and explain more. This can be measured in different ways in our units of study.
Teachers record attainment in Science on Pupil Asset, our management information system. Attainment and progress can be measured across the school using data gathered on a termly basis and we analyse it against specific target groups for our school community.
We have chosen a good range of learning activities which challenge and interest our children, they are often linked to real world problems, we often add humour and connect the Science to wider topics - our children and staff enjoy Science!
Where possible, we link Science to other curriculum areas so that the children can build connections in their thinking and learning.
Our classrooms display science vocabulary and interactive displays which encourage additional learning outside of the main science lessons.
We involve families with home learning activities using the Science skills developed in class.
Our children are well prepared for Science in secondary school, with well developed core skills, written and practical methods to support learning at a more advanced level.