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 pupils in science are:
- to have good scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of biology, chemistry and physics.
- to develop scientific skills through different types of science enquiries to help them answer questions about the world around them.
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The core of our science curriculum is the National Curriculum for England. The curriculum has been specifically sequenced in a logical progression to ensure that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before: Early Years to Year 6. This enables our pupils to know more and remember more. End points are clearly identified for each year group; time allocation has been carefully considered to provide children with opportunities to master key concepts.
All children have access to an ambitious science curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable and raises pupil’s aspirations. We widen their horizons through a context rich curriculum, that gives purpose to their learning, through high expectations for every child to succeed.
Our school values are interweaved with science to ensure all learning stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about the world around them. Pupils are provided with a variety of scientific opportunities, enabling them to develop the ability to pose questions, investigate these using correct techniques, accurately record their findings using appropriate scientific language and analyse their results. Pupils work in science through collaboration as well as independently learning to build on previous knowledge. This means that pupils can reason and use their knowledge to work scientifically.
Throughout school, we develop resilience that enables all children to investigate scientifically with increased confidence. A high focus on reading fluency throughout school enables our children to read and be immersed in science vocabulary. Teachers plan opportunities for science texts to be used within and beyond lessons. Each classroom promotes reading in science through vocabulary on working walls along with texts linked to the strand of science for that term.
As a result of the pandemic, our curriculum has not been narrowed however missed units of work were taught additionally in the following year group.
Every year group has a yearly Curriculum Map that outlines each scientific discipline of science which will be taught throughout the year. This ensures that adequate amount of time and coverage is allocated to Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
Detailed Medium Term planning supports teachers to plan a sequence of progressive weekly lessons and over time, giving the children time to master new concepts and procedures. Within this document, key objectives and vocabulary are outlined; planned opportunities for knowledge-based learning are linked closely to working scientifically. Progression documents, for each discipline, are used to support the Medium-term plan to ensure that staff are delivering a consistent and challenging curriculum. Pupils learn about key scientists in each discipline in science and their impact on the world. Teachers focus on the core progressive elements of the learning for SEND pupils to ensure that they are not overloaded with knowledge and are able to retain objectives that they build on in the next year group.