At Lydiard Millicent CE Primary School, we aim to encourage children to be scientifically curious, observing and asking questions about the world around them. We want our children to be creative, independent and show perseverance when planning and carrying out practical scientific enquiries. We aim for children to communicate their scientific findings confidently to others, using the correct scientific vocabulary. Ultimately, we hope that children will be enthusiastic and motivated scientists, who will continue their love of learning science beyond Lydiard Millicent.
In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our science teaching offers opportunities for the children to:
- explore and ask questions about the world around them.
- acquire knowledge through first-hand experiences to allow children to grow as scientists and be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the importance and uses of science in our world, today and in the future.
- develop their understanding of technical scientific vocabulary.
- develop the essential ‘working scientifically’ skills to deepen their knowledge and understanding as they move through school.
- use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present in a systematic, scientific manner, including the use of technology, diagrams, graphs and charts
- apply their skills across the curriculum, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
- prepare our children to understand the challenges and developments we face in our society today and take responsibility to be global citizens
Our curriculum encompasses the National Curriculum requirements to ensure all aspects, knowledge and skills of Science are being taught across all year groups. The Science curriculum builds upon previous learning and enables our children to understand the main ideas and concepts. All staff use assessment for learning to ensure all science lessons are relevant and will help when planning next steps.
We develop the use and understanding of correct scientific and technical vocabulary. To support this, Knowledge Organisers are created which include a collation of key concepts, knowledge and key vocabulary easily accessible for pupils to refer to. The teaching of Science will be through regular investigative work of the physical, chemical and biological aspects of children’s lives, with a strong emphasis on exploration and discovery.
We support all children as appropriate so that everyone can access the curriculum as well as provide additional challenge to children where appropriate to develop their skills and knowledge beyond the expected curriculum requirements. Where repetition of skills or knowledge is required, these will be clearly identified. All staff will have high standards, expectations and positive attitudes towards Science.
Children are encouraged to work collaboratively, to understand science and working with others confidently. It enables the teacher to not only meet the needs of all children, but also to challenge them. It ensures children have a broad scientific view of the world, and working in a multi-sensory way ensures an inclusive curriculum.
By the end of each child’s primary school journey, children should be confident to ask their own questions, and have an understanding that ideas change and evolve over time, supporting them in exploring abstract phenomena.
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