At St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School, we want our children to engage and build a love for science and to know that they are future scientists in the making. We aim for our science curriculum to allow all pupils to be able to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to help them think like a scientist, develop an understanding of scientific processes, and to understand the uses and implications of science today and for the future.
We teach science through a hands on, practical approach and through scientific enquiry, we teach this in a way of science models to enable a much clearer, deeper understanding and vision of learning.
Our objective is to provide lessons which encourage deeper understanding by building on prior lessons and knowledge and enlarging our scientific vocabulary. We aim to promote transferrable skills such as observation, team work and communication to develop the child as a lifelong learner.
Our science curriculum has been developed to ensure progression of skills, knowledge and learning opportunities for each year group takes place by building through repetition throughout each key stage. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, they become more skillful in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
All science lessons are dual focussed. Working scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the pupils’ school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts. Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.
The impact of our science curriculum at St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School is for all pupils to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become young scientists. It not only identifies the important concepts and procedures for pupils to learn, but it also plans for how pupils will build knowledge of these over time.
Our science curriculum is measured through teacher assessment during each lesson, and the expectations for each year group link with the progression skills and topics. Class teachers are able to use this information and really get to know their children. They will be able to identify children who need more support in particular areas of science, as well as those who are exceeding in them.
Science has been designated a core subject of the national curriculum and ensures that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquires 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.