Our Science Curriculum
Alongside the key aims of the Science 2014 National Curriculum:
- develop skills, 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future
At Stonham Aspal, we have designed a skills based topic curriculum to enthuse and motivate our pupils. Science and other foundation subjects are, where possible, taught with links to these themes in each year group. This enables pupils to make links across the curriculum, locality and the real world. Our school’s Life and Learning skills such as teamwork and Christian Values like patience and respect are also threaded through our teaching and learning of science. It is our intent that Stonham Aspal’s science curriculum:
- inspires pupils’ wonder and curiosity about the world around them
- encourage pupils to ask questions and develop an enquiring mind
- will develop their own ideas based on prior knowledge so building science capital
- will enable pupils to talk about science explaining what is occurring around them, predict how things will behave and suggest possible causes
- equips our children for the start of High-School and promotes the importance of science within all our lives whilst inspiring future scientists beyond our school.
- teaches respect and intrigue of all living /non- living things and phenomena
Stonham Aspal’s skills based topic curriculum allows the children to be curious and enthusiastically build on their scientific knowledge, vocabulary and range of skills. The children are encouraged to ask their own questions, thinking deeper whilst using their scientific knowledge.We understand that it is important for science lessons to have a skills and knowledge focus. Scientific enquiry skills: observing overtime; comparative and fair testing; grouping and classifying; researching and pattern seeking are embedded in each class’s topic that the children study. Examples of this can be seen within each year group such as:
EYFS Frozen Topic - the children investigate where Elsa’s Ice hands melt the quickest making predictions and talking about their findings.
In Year 2’s Kings and Queen Topic -the children design a boat for Max from the book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ whilst considering the most suitable materials for each part of the boat.
And in Year 5 during their Water Topic - the children complete ‘a clean the beach’ challenge which enables them to apply their skills and knowledge of filtering, separating and evaporating to successfully clean up a beach!
We implement our curriculum by: - providing a wide range of scientific experiences for all pupils regardless of age, ability, gender or SEND which encourages their love of learning and passion for science- In KS1 and KS2 either blocking science or teaching one science lesson every week for up to one and half hours. EYFS teach science mostly through ‘Understanding of the World’. Science is also linked across other subjects such as in English and famous scientists in history.- using our long term topic planning and medium term plans for a sequence of learning that builds on prior knowledge- continuous assessment to elicit prior knowledge/misconceptions and to promote new learning- encourage children to think deeper by asking their own questions and problem solving- encouraging independent recording in a variety of ways and learning from misconceptions- using knowledge organisers and knowledge notes as a tool to support pupils in recapping on prior learning, retaining and retrieving knowledge and vocabulary for lifelong learning- improving science capital by using our locality, trips and visits to enhance learning experiences e.g. role play, use of school grounds, visit by local owl sanctuary, high school liaison and crucial crew.- ongoing teacher CPD to improve our own subject knowledge.
Our Science curriculum is not only planned to demonstrate progression but to inspire curiosity of the world around us. The knowledge and skills will develop progressively as they move through the school, not only to enable them to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum but to prepare them to become competent scientists in secondary education. We measure the impact through:
- pupils effectively talking about their science perceptions, progressing skills/ knowledge/vocabulary, learning and enjoyment, resilience and independence at approaching science, how science links with the real world
- celebration through displays, celebration assemblies and whole class assemblies to the school and parents
- staff discussion/questionnaires about their science perceptions, progressing skills/ knowledge
- formative assessment (such as low stake quizzes) and summative termly data of age related skills, knowledge and vocabulary
- teacher assessment using end of key stage descriptors
- book scrutiny and collection of work to show a range of topics and progression
Some Examples of our Science Home Learning in Year 5.
Please watch the videos and look at the photos of our fabulous Rube Goldberg Machines !
What simple machines and forces can you spot?