Our science curriculum is designed to enable children to grasp a solid understanding of life processes, materials and physical processes by applying the skills of exploring, observing, grouping, classifying, questioning, researching, planning, testing, measuring, communicating and evaluating. As a result, our pupils are learning to work as real scientists. We follow The Rising Stars Switched On Science Scheme. This scheme provides full coverage of the Science National Curriculum, providing effective progression over time through the knowledge about things and the disciplinary knowledge of how to do things scientifically, that children develop.
Children are given access to ideas and ways of working scientifically in a range of contexts, providing appropriate repetition and reinforcement to help support them to remember over time. We have science ambassadors in each key stage 1 and 2 class, who develop the science capital in our school by taking a lead in lessons and participating in enrichment opportunities.
In key stage 1, topics follow a cross-curricular approach in order to set a context which is engaging and meaningful. In key stage 2, topics are discrete and where appropriate, ideas are provided for cross-curricular links. The units of work have a strong focus on practical exploration and practical learning, which are at the heart of our science curriculum.
The scheme we use is adapted to meet the needs of our learners, while providing detailed background knowledge for the teacher to draw from in effective lesson planning. We know how important it is for children to build on their prior learning and we are excited to develop the use of knowledge mats to reinforce prior science knowledge. This is part of our whole-school approach to retrieval practice.
Click on the link below to see the work we have done for Science Week this year! We have been developing our disciplinary knowledge through a range of investigations.