At Kirk Merrington Primary School it is our intention to recognise the importance of Science as a key aspect of daily life.
We give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires and recognise the importance of Science to our School’s Key Drivers.
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. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. We feel Science and scientific enquiry contribute to reasoning, critical thinking, resilience and determination. Through science we become independent learners and have a greater understanding of the world around us.
As a core subject we are investing in the delivery of Science to ensure that each year group receives a broad and balanced curriculum based on the programme of study. We intend to build a Science curriculum which helps children know and remember more and results in the acquisition of knowledge to build a Science curriculum which, enables children to become enquiry based learners.
- A clear and comprehensive long term plan in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.
- Scientific Vocabulary is specifically taught in order for children to understand and readily apply to their knowledge.
- High standards of English is promoted within Scientific Writing.
- High Standards of Mathematics are promoted through cross curricular links. To help record, interpret and present information.
- Children’s work is marked for scientific content and improvement prompts are given to deepen learning, address misconceptions or correct mistakes.
- Children will use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and develop their understanding of working scientifically.
- Opportunities for practical investigations and fair testing within Science lessons are provided. Children will work scientifically but also benefit from practical demonstrations.
- Children will reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible.
- Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.
- Where possible outdoor learning will enrich the delivery of science through use of our extensive school grounds.
- Where possible Science teaching will be enhanced through trips, visitors and experiences.
- Attainment will be assessed each half term through related topic assessment tasks
- Most children will achieve age related expectations in Science at the end of their cohort year.
- Children will retain knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real life context.
- Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge.
- Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment.
- Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.