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Science Impact


  • Impact

    We measure the impact of our Science curriculum through the following methods:

  • In Class Feedback
  • We understand that feedback is linked to progress and has to be timely to make an impact. In class feedback is used to support teacher’s workload, ensuring it is as immediate and timely and specific as possible, and leaves the teacher time to focus on individual identified needs. (see our Feedback policy 2020)

  • Corrective Teaching/Summative Assessment
  • When a pupil has not met the learning objective there is timely support so they are able to continue on the learning journey with their peers. Teachers adapt their planning for the next lesson to ensure there is time to address these misconceptions. The misconceptions may also be addressed through in class marking, conferencing, verbal feedback or with the use of mini plenaries.

  • Pre Teaching/Pre Assessment
  • All teachers must be aware of the pupil’s prior attainment. Through our retrieval mats we aim to analyse the pupils’ knowledge of the topic so far and pre-empt the difficulties. We analyse the information and plan the learning according to individual needs and cohorts. These provide the starting points for learning. Where possible, the Teaching Assistants support teachers by tailoring the lesson/ activities to address the learning gap. This might be re visiting vocabulary or basic skills needed to access the age related objective.

  • Teaching Assistants and Interventions (see Interventions Policy)
  • Teaching assistants can support during investigations or during extended writes or write ups of investigations.

  • Partnership
  • Teachers engage parents through September welcome meetings. Fortnightly newsletters and Parent Consultation Days ensure an effective partnership to ensure children meet their age related expectations.

  • Formal Assessment Cycle
    • Retrieval mats at the start of each unit
    • End of unit double page spread, answering the Big question
    • EYFS is assessed and recorded, adding photographs to the learning journeys of each child based on the EYFS objectives.
    • Science is assessed in groups of children meeting the expected standard, working below/above the expected standard.
    • Target Tracker is used termly to track attainment and progress against the subject specific learning objectives. This is in Reading, Writing, Maths, Science and RE. This is then analysed in pupil progress meetings and new targets planned accordingly.
  • School reports
  • School reports are issued at the end of the school year. All subjects, including RE, are marked as Working towards National Expectations, Meeting National Expectations or Exceeding National Expectations.

    Children are also given a grade for effort within a given subject