At St. Stephen’s Junior school our vision is to give children a Science curriculum which enables them to explore and discover the world around them, confidently, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. To achieve this it involves exciting, practical hands on experiences that encourage curiosity and questioning.
Our aim is that these stimulating and challenging experiences help children secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary and allow them to hypothesize and follow their own lines of enquiry.
We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore the world around them and apply skills from the wider curriculum.
The National Curriculum is used as the basis of our curriculum planning. With guidance from this curriculum map, each child is given the tools to develop their scientific knowledge and skills. As the child progresses through the years, knowledge is built upon by extending previous understanding and linking it back to all areas of the science and wider curriculum.
One important aspect of science is Working Scientifically which involves the processes of science, including understanding the sorts of questions that are the province of science; the design of experiments; reasoning and arguing with scientific evidence; and analysing and interpreting data. The following table demonstrates how these skills are developed as the children progress through KS2.
The teaching of the science curriculum will be assessed throughout the progression of lessons, ensuring that knowledge and skills are built on and readdressed as needed. At the end of each unit children are assessed against an overarching question based on their learning using a variety of supported strategies to review their understanding and application of scientific skills, including teacher assessment. This will enable accurate assessments to be made throughout the course of the year.