Our Science Curriculum
St Paul’s C.E. Primary School
Science Curriculum Statement 2021 – 2022
At St Paul’s we strive for excellence in education by providing our children with a Science curriculum that encourages them to explore and appreciate the world we live in. Our curriculum is accessible for all learners. It encourages a positive attitude to learning based on curiosity and discovery, extending children’s scientific knowledge and vocabulary so that they have a deeper scientific understanding of the world we live in. A high-quality Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We aim to provide all children with the skills and knowledge to achieve at least the age related expectation in Science.
At St Paul’s we closely follow the programmes of study for Science set out in the National Curriculum. In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Science, we implement a curriculum which is progressive throughout all year groups including our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We pride ourselves in providing a curriculum in which all five scientific enquiry types are frequently and effectively taught. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them. They are encouraged to become independent learners by exploring possible answers to their scientific questions.
In EYFS, children begin to explore their immediate environment by making observations and recording their findings.
During Key stages 1 and 2, science is taught in discrete weekly subject lessons and wherever possible cross-curricular links will be made between science and other subjects, particularly literacy, maths and computing. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient 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. Each unit of planning contains the specific content and scientific enquiry skills for that unit and the relevant vocabulary. In addition to this, Science is taught in a cross curricular manner throughout our enrichment programme through areas such a PE, DT (cooking) and Eco warrior. These topics tie in closely with the study of the human body, change of state and living things and their habitats. When a child has achieved a specific skill, it is highlight on the child’s assessment sheet. Topics, such as Plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model 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.
Children develop a love for science and continue to develop this throughout their time with us and take their passion into secondary education and as lifelong learners. Children are aware of the possibilities for a career in science as a result of our community links and connection with national agencies such as the STEM Association. All children make good progress and achieve at least age expected standard in Science.