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Science KS1

 

Warren Mead Infant and Junior Partnership 2020-21

Curriculum Intent

 

Subject: Science

Subject Leaders: Lorrain Pisa (Infant) Claire Baker (Junior)

 

Curriculum Intent  (what is the purpose of this subject)

At Warren Mead Infant and Junior Partnership, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects, we give the high-quality teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires through weekly science lessons. We aim to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world and develop scientific skills.  This enhances the natural curiosity of the child, encourages respect for living organisms and the physical environment, and provides opportunities for evaluating evidence.

Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are  encouraged to understand how Science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and to analyse causes.

 

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 and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught are  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. 

We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad, balanced and inspiring Science curriculum.

Curriculum Implementation (how is the subject structured/sequenced)

Teachers follow the Kent Primary Scheme of Work. Each unit is clearly structured and focuses on enquiry skills and age-related scientific knowledge. Each lesson reflects on the previous skills/knowledge taught in past lessons so children are able to build on and deepen their scientific understanding. Links to scientific units are made to everyday life scenarios so children are aware of how science plays a key role in our society. Children discuss and create questions to investigate and then with support from the teacher, children create their own hypothesises and fair tests.

  • The MTP with learning objectives and key vocabulary

  • A cycle of lessons for Science, which carefully plans for progression and depth

  • Assessment opportunities to ensure summative assessments are accurate


 

Pedagogy: (what is the teaching approach taken)

By the end of each Key Stage, all pupils will have experienced active participation in their Science learning and will know the importance of discussion and dialogue in developing ideas with others. The teachers  will be able to provide materials that can be investigated, ask questions that reveal the skills and ideas that students already have, making opportunities for group discussions and making time for reflection on what has been learned and how.

Evaluation: (how will outcomes be measures for your subject)

Our Science Curriculum is 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: 

  • Lesson observations

  • Book looks

  • Pupil conferencing 

  • Learning walks

  • Pupil voice feedback

Impact of Curriculum (what are the outcomes of your subject)

By the time children leave Warren Mead Infant and Junior Partnership, our core aim is to ensure that all children achieve the range of skills set out in the national curriculum.

 

Documents

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Science Curriculum Content Overview 2020... 21st Jul 2021 Download
Science Progression of Skills 2020 21 21st Jul 2021 Download