Implementation

  • We follow Development Matters for EYFS and the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for KS1 and KS2 to ensure consistency and progression across the key stages within all stands of science
  • The curriculum is taught in three strands: biology, chemistry, physics
  • Working scientifically is key in all three strands. Children use the 5 types of scientific enquiry: observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying and grouping, comparative and fair testing and researching using secondary sources
  • Hands-on, practical lessons encourage children to develop their scientific skills
  • Scientific language is taught, recapped and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups across different key stages
  • Learning is recapped from the previous half-term to aid retention
  • Trips, STEM week, visits into school from experts, ‘real-life’ opportunities and competitions enhance the learning experience throughout school and keep science high profile within the school community
  • Lessons include a dedicated discussion slot – a time set aside for talk about science, to develop children’s thinking through talk. These are prompted in a variety of ways such as inviting suggestions or reasons for ‘odd one out’ or offering a positive (P), minus (M), and interesting (I) perspective on an aspect of science or asking a ‘BIG’ or significant question posed to engage thinking. Teachers also present practical or visual stimuli to encourage thinking and engage discussion ideas, making predictions or explain why it might have happened.

Big questions or What if …

How can someone dance for 24 hours?
Why does jelly wobble?
What if we didn’t use cars anymore?
What if no one cleaned the house?

Concept cartoon

Who do you think is right and why?

Justify your thinking using scientific vocabulary.

Odd One Out

Which is the odd one out and why? Explain your thinking.

PMI

What is positive, negative and interesting about being a giraffe?

Real Scientists

Pupils find out about and meet real scientists and engineers to see how STEM subjects are used in the work place with the aim of inspiring the next generation and raising aspirations for future STEM careers.

Curriculum Progression

We ensure a clear progression of skills and knowledge by revisiting topics in different year groups and across key stages. Our curriculum progression document outlines children’s prior knowledge, key questions, future learning, key scientists, vocabulary and linked texts. Also included are the five types of scientific enquiry with possible questions to investigate.