At Newchurch Primary School it is our intention that every child develops a genuine passion for science in order to harness their natural excitement and curiosity and, in turn, inspires them to pursue scientific enquiry. We strive to ensure each child is excited by scientific ideas and wants to learn to explain and analyse concepts, make predictions and solve problems. We encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum promotes a healthy curiosity in children about the world around them.
Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the ‘Working Scientifically’ skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, justifying their views and explaining concepts confidently. We actively encourage children to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.
Our Science curriculum offers opportunities for all children to:
- Develop 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
- Be equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
Our curriculum is well structured and sequenced to enable knowledge and skills to be revisited throughout the school. Prior learning, future learning and key vocabulary are clearly identified within our Progression of Skills document
We aim to provide all children with a practically led curriculum, driven through the essential scientific enquiry skills to deepen their scientific knowledge. Our main emphasis is to develop children’s independence when ‘Working scientifically’. By the end of Key Stage 2 we aim that children will be able to:
- Plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
- Take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
- Record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs