At Ingleton C of E Primary School we are guided by the National Curriculum for Science.
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Science Curriculum Statement
At Ingleton C of E Primary School, we hope our children will develop their scientific knowledge through carefully planned exciting Science opportunities. Science sessions are cross-curricular where possible and links to embed previous learning and deepen understanding are planned in. This allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
We aim to support children to develop an understanding of the process and methods of Science by providing a range of Scientific enquiries, investigations and questions to help them explore the world around them. We hope to develop and nurture our children’s curiosity by not only following the National Curriculum but following also following their questions and interests to hopefully develop a love, passion and appreciation for Science.
Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
All of the teachers follow the learning challenge curriculum for Science and ensure that this meets the National curriculum for their year groups. As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master.
- A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth of knowledge
- A low stakes mini quiz or recap session at the beginning of lessons to support learners’ abilities and maintain understanding.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning and understand their focus.
- Educational visits and visits from experts who will enhance the learning experience and engage their scientific enquiry.
- Appropriate curriculum themed home learning tasks which children complete with adults at home.
Our Science Curriculum is of high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Through pre and post learning tasks relating to each unit of learning.
- Pupil discussions about their learning.
- Coverage and progress are accurately assessed through careful analysis of the application of skills as children move through the Science curriculum. Teachers assess children’s work in relation to each lesson’s learning challenge, using the traffic light system as stated on our marking policy.
- The Head Teacher and Subject Leader monitor Science, reviewing learning and provide constructive feedback to help progress learning. Staff CPD is identified and booked accordingly.
- Regular monitoring as a staff throughout the year to the evaluate the impact of the curriculum.