Science

SCIENCE CURRICULUM

AIMS:

At St. Mary’s we want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them and we are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment.

 

Our curriculum has been developed by staff and with support of the PKC to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and to foster a sense of wonder about natural phenomena. It equips children with the foundations for understanding the world around them through a scientific lens.  Pupils will build a body of key foundational science knowledge as they work through the curriculum. Children will develop and use a range of working scientifically skills including questioning, researching, observing, recording and graphing data. Importantly, at St Mary’s substantive scientific knowledge is taught first, before pupils are asked to undertake enquiry. This helps them to fully understand the elements of the enquiry first, and to make informed observations about the processes they see. Our pupils will also develop a broad vocabulary. Scientific language is taught to be remembered and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups. Pupils are then able to use the knowledge, vocabulary and skills they learn in Science and apply it to investigations that test a theory or set out to answer a question.

 

We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability with a broad and balanced science curriculum, inspiring and equipping them to go forth into their secondary education with curiosity, passion and a desire for discovery.

 

APPROACH:

  •        Primary Knowledge Curriculum (PKC)
  •        Snap Science
  •        Use of Knowledge Organisers to help with specific Scientific language and concepts
  •        Explicit teaching of vocabulary
  •        Use of retrieval quizzes.
  •        Science Week to inspire children & allow them to become aspirational for the future jobs, careers and opportunities
  •        CREST Awards  https://www.crestawards.org/

Our pupils also have access to our STEM Room, which facilitates explicit teaching opportunities within the STEM subjects within an environment and resources that enable high quality learning opportunities and outcomes. 

 

COVERAGE AND PROGRESSION:

To view the Science coverage map and progression of skills, please see our curriculum document 2020/21, which may be accessed via the PDF link below.

 

SUBJECT POLICY:

Our Science Policy is to be found via this link: School Policies