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Intent

At New Park, we encourage our children to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond. The Science curriculum aims to embed knowledge, develop concepts and skills, and create positive attitudes to support a lifelong learning journey. Throughout the planned programme of study, the children will develop a strong understanding of the world around them, whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically. They will develop knowledge of scientific processes, and also an understanding of the implications of Science, today and for the future. At New Park, we have identified Science subject specific characteristics which underpin all work in Science and highlight the behaviours we expect the children to demonstrate throughout their learning. We want children to be able to:

  • Think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
  • 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.
  • Develop confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations.
  • Use a range of methods to communicate their scientific information and present it in a systematic, scientific manner, including I.C.T., diagrams, graphs and charts.
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery.

 

Implementation

At New Park, we work collaboratively to develop our programmes of study. Our Science coordinator delivers clear guidance for teachers including medium term plans which set out key knowledge and vocabulary, as well as clear links to prior learning and progression of skills. We empower teachers to plan their own exciting lessons using innovative ideas to motivate our children. Our Science curriculum is ambitious and motivates our children to become independent and resilient learners. The curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure our children will acquire the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit. Planning is informed by and aligned with the National Curriculum. Within our science lessons, we ensure all children use a range of scientific skills including observations, planning and investigation, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts. Children have access to knowledge organisers, anchor sheets and specific subject vocabulary to enhance their learning and understanding. Outcomes of work are regularly monitored to ensure that they reflect a sound understanding of the key identified knowledge. Where applicable and when appropriate, Educational Visits link to Science so that we enrich and enhance the children’s topical learning.

 

Impact

At New Park, we use formative and summative assessments to monitor learning throughout our Science curriculum. Assessment information is collected regularly and analysed by our Science coordinator as part of our monitoring cycle. This process provides an accurate and broad understanding of the quality of education in Science. Monitoring in Science includes: lesson observations and/or learning walks, work sampling and pupil voice. All information obtained is reviewed and used to inform further development and provision is adapted as a result. Children will know more, remember more and understand more about Science.


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