At Roscoe Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. In our school, Science develops the natural curiosity of our children, it encourages them to respect living organisms and the physical environment and provides opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
The intent of our Science curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will:
Planning is informed by and aligned with the National Curriculum. Our Science coordinator delivers clear guidance for teachers including medium term plans which set out key knowledge and vocabulary, as well as clear links to prior learning and progression of skills. We empower teachers to plan their own exciting lessons using innovative ideas to motivate our children. Teaching and Learning shows progression across all key stages within the strands of Science. Children are able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry-based learners. Children have access to knowledge organisers, anchor sheets and specific subject vocabulary to enhance their learning and understanding. Children access resources to acquire learning through Science equipment, digital technology, practical experiences and photographs. Using a range of secondary resources, children will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding which is integral to their learning. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge. Where applicable and when appropriate, Educational Visits link to Science so that we enrich and enhance the children’s topical learning.
Through our curriculum, the children will know more, remember more and understand more about science. Assessment information is collected regularly and analysed by our Science coordinator as part of our monitoring cycle. This process provides an accurate and broad understanding of the quality of education in Science. Monitoring in Science includes: lesson observations and/or learning walks, work sampling and pupil voice. All information obtained is reviewed and used to inform further development and provision is adapted as a result. Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real-life context and will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge. Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment. They will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.