At William Reynolds Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. We give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires by teaching lessons in the morning.

Our three principle aims for science are:

  • For everyone to have good scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • For everyone to develop scientific skills through different types of science enquiries to help them answer questions about the world around them.
  • For everyone to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.

We firmly believe that Science should stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about the world around them. It provides first hand experiences and support for pupils to develop enquiring minds, learning how to question and discuss science through collaboration.

Intent

It is our intent to teach children to develop their interest and enjoyment of science. By building on children’s curiosity, the science curriculum will help to instil a positive attitude towards science in pupils. It is vital to deliver all the requirements of the national curriculum in relation to science and make sure all lessons are purposeful, accurate and imaginative. We need to ensure pupils have sufficient scientific knowledge to understand both the uses and implications of science, today and in the future. Within lessons, we want pupils to develop the ability to pose questions, investigate these using correct techniques, accurately record their findings using appropriate scientific language and analyse their results. It is important to make pupils aware of the links between science and other subjects, as well as their lives more generally.

 

Implementation

At William Reynolds Primary School, we believe that children need to be given opportunities to learn from one another and to take part in group/ partner work when appropriate but to also have the confidence to work independently when needed. We have clear and comprehensive progression document which is in line with the National Curriculum that helps teachers to plan for progression across all key stages within the strands of Science. During lessons, pupils are taught to understand and use correct scientific vocabulary based on the objectives and skills being taught. Investigations are at the core of our science teaching and learning. Our lessons will allow for a wide range of scientific enquiry, including the following:

  • Pattern seeking/survey
  • Observation over time
  • Classifying and grouping
  • Undertaking comparative and fair testing
  • Researching using secondary sources

Impact

At William Reynolds Primary School, the impact of our Science curriculum is that our learners develop a sense of excitement and curiosity and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become young scientists. Throughout the school, there is a clear progression of children’s work and teachers’ expectations resulting in:

  • Most children achieving age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children being encouraged to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
  • Children working collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
  • Children gaining confidence in explaining the process they have taken and being able to reason scientifically
  • Children becoming increasingly independent in science, selecting their own tools and materials, completing investigations and choosing their own strategies for recording.

Science Progression Document