Science is taught and planned across five topic blocks throughout the year to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills that should be learnt by the end of each topic through use of the progression map, ensuring appropriate progression across topics. By the end of KS2, children will have been exposed to all enquiry types and given opportunities to carry out different types of enquiry skills as appropriate, skills that will be revisited with increasing complexity as the children progress to secondary.
Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment and the various Working Scientifically skills to embed scientific understanding, finding opportunities to develop the children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning such as growing plants in the school grounds. The local area is utilised where possible with opportunities over the year to venture further out. Cross curricular outcomes in Science are specifically planned for, with strong links between the science curriculum and maths and literacy lessons. For example, research relies heavily on the reading of non-fiction texts and collecting and interpreting data relies on their ability to record and draw tables/ graphs.
Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum, supplemented by Planit and Snap Science, building upon the learning and continued skill development of the previous years. Consideration is given to how children will be challenged within their scientific learning as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion.
Work outcomes are monitored regularly to ensure that they reflect the learning and understanding of the key knowledge and working scientifically skills embedded across the lessons. Within our approach, children are encouraged to ask their own questions and use their skills to discover answers, becoming increasingly more independent as they move throughout the school.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are introduced to science through the EYFS curriculum guidance. The Early Learning Goals (ELGs) for ‘Understanding the World’ forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history, geography and ICT. Wherever possible children are provided with activities based on first-hand experience that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, predictions and decision making. We provide an environment with a range of indoor and outdoor experiences that stimulate interest and curiosity.
What does this look like at St John XXIII?
We aim for all children to participate in mainstream lessons. Work is differentiated and extra support is in place for children with S.E.N where necessary. Pupils are withdrawn from class to receive specialist help from school devised intervention programmes when needed and a range of resources that reflect the diversity of culture and language within our school community and the wider local community are provided.