Science Curriculum Leader: Miss S Cooper
The intention of the science curriculum is to provide our children with the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics; enabling them to deepen their understanding and apply skills and knowledge to allow them to work and think scientifically. We want them to make links between different areas of the science curriculum to process and interpret information that is directly relating to themselves and the world around them, understanding how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes using high quality scientific vocabulary. At Worsley Mesnes Primary School, we recognise the importance of science in everyday life and how it impacts upon the developing world we live in. We encourage our children to be curious about natural phenomena and to be excited by the process, providing real-life experiences to nurture a thirst for knowledge and enthusiasm for scientific enquiry during lessons, experiential learning and educational visits.
The Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum provide us with a structure and skill development for EY-Y6, in conjunction with our personalised unit overviews and the Outstanding Science scheme of work, which reflects a balanced programme of study and incorporates cross curricular opportunities for mathematics.
Early Years - Science in the Early Years is an immersive experience; scientific concepts are linked into their daily play and learning through continuous provision, direct teaching and general topic work about the world they live in. Science is accessed through the Early Learning Goals linked to the specific area ‘Understanding the World’.
Y1-Y6 - In line with the aims of the National Curriculum, our Science teaching offers opportunities for children to: develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding; develop the essential scientific enquiry skills, embed key scientific terminology, use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information, apply cross-curricular skills, develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle and finally, foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery. Scientific enquiry is embedded in each unit of work and the skills required are re-visited and deepened as they move through school.
Assessment for each unit is based on the National Curriculum expectations per year group; teacher assessments (TA) are constantly ongoing through discussion with children and the use of the unit overview grids, which the children also use to summarise and review their learning. TA data is inputted into our school tracking system bi-annually at February half term and at the end of the academic year.
The envisioned impact is for the majority of our children to be working at age related or above the standard for their year group. Furthermore, we want them to be inquisitive to pursue their own thirst for knowledge; be able to show progression in their subject knowledge and scientific enquiry; be inspired by the science curriculum and discuss this confidently when asked about their learning in this subject, understanding where their learning in science can take them into the future!