COLDEAN PRIMARY SCHOOL

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  1. LEARNING
  2. Our Curriculum
  3. SCIENCE

SCIENCE

Intent

Science is the study of everything! At Coldean Primary, we aim to inspire children, facilitate their acquisition of scientific knowledge and develop their curiosity whilst building a rich scientific vocabulary.

We value science as a core subject and the creativity and problem solving that it brings. Science at Coldean Primary has deep links with English, mathematics, art and design and French. As a school, we aim to increase the time given to this critical subject and broaden opportunities for science-based activities. We aim to continue developing the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills throughout our creative curriculum. We understand the importance of giving children the time to explore and to ask questions. We believe that children should be taking part in practical investigations during each topic and these should include a variety of enquiry types.

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

  • build upon their ‘science capital’ (likeliness of pursuing a career in science) through visits from real life scientists;
  • actively further their own learning and understanding of the world;
  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific 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 the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge. Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including using IT, diagrams, graphs, charts, and Purple Mash apps
  • to develop a respect for the materials and equipment they handle with regard to their own, and other children’s safety (supported by CLEAPSS).

Our curriculum is sequenced in line with the EYFS Statutory Framework (2020), Development Matters (2020) and the National Curriculum for Science (2013).

 

Implementation

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning and support our children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and outdoor workshops with experts.  We believe that the acquisition of key scientific knowledge is an integral part of our science lessons.

Learning in science is organised into various strands reflecting different aspects of scientific knowledge, for example, plants, living things and their habitats, light, electricity.  The skills of working scientifically are taught progressively from EYFS to Year 6, with scientific enquiry skills of key importance within lessons. Our Progression Maps ensure that pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding and built upon through successive years towards clearly identified year group learning outcomes.

Our chosen Scheme of Work enables our children to learn and retain the important, useful and powerful vocabulary and knowledge contained within each unit. Each lesson has a clear focus. Scientific knowledge and enquiry skills are developed with increasing depth and challenge as children move through the year groups.

Our children complete investigations and hands-on activities while gaining the scientific knowledge for each unit. 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.

Our Scheme of Work lesson plans include adult guidance to ensure that teachers 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. There is a bank of PLAN work exemplars for class teachers to refer to when assessing children's knowledge and understanding.

Children use Knowledge Mats designed to support learning across the curriculum, but include knowledge targets specific to science, as well as key vocabulary and related reading opportunities. These are shared with children and parents too, to assist with learning support at home. Each term, homework grids include a science task, which gives children additional opportunities to develop scientific knowledge outside of school.

Throughout the school, we create extra opportunities for our children to complete and consider science related concepts through our playground science, science question of the week and mini scientist bags (take home task).

Children demonstrate their new knowledge through creation of their  "double-page spreads". Scientific enquiry skills are assessed each term using ASE TAPS assessments in Key Stage 2.  

Formative assessments against our Progression Map objectives ensure teachers know what the children know. Where gaps in understanding are identified, lessons are adapted to address this. Often our cross-curricular approach offers opportunities to address these gaps promptly in English or Maths lessons.

Science CPD is run by the subject leader and also by the PSTT. The subject lead attends science conferences and is a member of online science clusters. 

Click here to see a copy of our Science Policy.

 

Impact
By the time they leave Coldean, our children:

  • Are confident and knowledgeable learners, excited about science.
  • Pupils able to demonstrate their new scientific knowledge, skills and understanding through their ‘Double-Page Spreads’
  • Knowledgeable and skilful teachers able to assess pupils’ learning against our Progression Map objectives.
  • Use scientific vocabulary to describe and explain the world around them.
  • Can show that they are actively curious to learn more and are able to see the relevance of what they learn in science lessons.
  • Are able to apply learning to real-life situations and recognise the importance of science in the real world.

Training, planning and teaching our Science curriculum should ensure:

  • Knowledgeable and skilful teachers able to formatively evaluate pupils’ learning against our Progression Map objectives.

 

Check out our ROADMAPS below to see how children progress during their time at Coldean.

Scientific Knowledge

EYFS & KS1

YEAR 3 & YEAR 4

YEAR 5 & YEAR 6

Working Scientifically EYFS & KS1 YEAR 3 & YEAR 4

YEAR 5 & YEAR 6

Science Week

Check out the document below to see what we got up to in Science Week.