The curriculum follows a specified structure, using a prescribed sequence based on the National curriculum Science programme of study. Key concepts are built year on year, and units have either Biological, Chemical or Physiological focus. The specified structure ensures that the children’s prior knowledge is consolidated and built upon, whilst avoiding repetition whilst developing scientific skills.
In the EYFS children are encouraged to notice and ask questions about how things happen through the early learning goal ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World.’ The children's Science learning is incorporated into themes and learning is displayed in a class floor book. Science is taught each week for a minimum of forty five minutes in key stage one, and one hour per week in key stage two. In key stage one the science learning journey is recorded in floor books. In key stage two children have dedicated science books. Both Phases display work, key questions and essential scientific vocabulary. This helps to document the learning journey which takes the form of working walls or a class mind map.
At the start of a unit children's knowledge is pre assessed, for teachers to gain an understanding of initial understanding of concepts. That knowledge is then built on and developed in a series of Knowledge based lessons. Once children are familiar with new scientific vocabulary and concepts they are encouraged to test them in class investigations. These are less guided as the children get older, allowing the children to create their own questions, reporting on findings. Compassion science projects from the cornerstones curriculum form the basis of the class investigations. Investigations of different types happen to develop scientific skills. Post assessments are completed to inform teacher judgements these take the form of a ‘Big discussion’ or a pre learning task. Units end with another ‘Big discussion’ to revise and discuss the overall learning journey Some of the science is recorded in the children's project books as well as there science books. Monitoring of Science teaching is carried out in line with the schools Monitoring and Evaluation schedule. This monitoring is carried out by the Science subject leader.
The children experience fun through many creative opportunities through science lessons, STEM days and the visitors that come to the school. Through verbal discussions across all age ranges children consolidate key learning and vocabulary that has been taught. Children say that they enjoy their science lessons. Pupil assessment is conducted at the end of each unit so the impact of the learning can be monitored, to ensure all pupils are progressing well in line with the national curriculum objectives.