Hollingworth Primary School | Science
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Science

Science

 

Intent, Implementation and Impact

 

Curriculum Intent

Through our science curriculum at Hollingworth Primary School we aim to give every child a broad and balanced science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover what is around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We want our children to love science. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be astronauts, forensic scientists, toxicologists or microbiologists. We want our children to remember their science lessons in our school, to cherish these memories and embrace the scientific opportunities they are presented with! 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 every child secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary, as well as promoting a love and thirst for learning. We have a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum which has been carefully designed and developed with the need of every child at the centre of what we do. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the science National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life

 

Curriculum Implementation

As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work meets the national curriculum for Computing. It provides flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and integrates perfectly with the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool. Furthermore, it gives excellent supporting material for less confident teachers.

 

As a school we use Plan Assessment resources to plan and assess effectively the science National Curriculum for England. for science. This scheme provides full coverage of the new National Curriculum, following the programmes of study for each year group carefully. It provides the right balance between working scientifically and learning scientific facts.

PLAN Assessment links directly to scientific knowledge, skills and understanding to ensure that learning is progressive and continuous.

Our curriculum is built around the principle of greater learner involvement in their work. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a question as the starting point, considering different avenues for further research. They do this through exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and the relationships between living things and familiar environments, and by beginning to develop their ideas about functions, relationships and interactions. They ask their own questions about what they observe and make some decisions about which types of scientific enquiry are likely to be the best ways of answering them, including observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative and fair tests and finding things out using secondary sources of information. They draw simple conclusions and use scientific language to talk and write about what they have found out.

Our science curriculum is literacy rich, with each year group having access to their own science library within their classroom. The texts provide further cross-curricular reading and writing opportunities linked to the context of current science topic. The use of texts engages children and helps create links and make comparisons to their learning in science.

Each science unit begins with a specific knowledge organiser that provides a hook for learning, developing a sense of excitement and curiosity for children. Teachers check on what children already know and then invite children to think of their own questions. Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners. Children are also asked to review their learning at the end of each topic. These ‘reflection’ tasks provide children with an opportunity to share their learning more widely with other children and parents through a variety of means e.g.  report writing, assessment test, quizzes,etc.

Memorable knowledge and skills have been identified for each of the units to provide progressive acquisition of knowledge. This is supported by the use of weekly questions at the beginning of each session to review previous learning for ‘last week, this topic, last topic, last year’. This enables children to readily apply knowledge and vocabulary to their written, mathematical and verbal communication of skills.

 

 

Curriculum Impact

Pupil attainment is assessed using End of Unit Assessment packs from Twinkl. The questions enable staff to accurately identify attainment of pupils through the detailed exemplification it has for each key learning intention. Teachers keep accurate records of pupil attainment and use this to inform future planning. Children are encouraged to self, peer and group assess work in a positive way. Formative assessment is undertaken each session/interaction in science and pupils are very much encouraged to be involved in that process. Through using the PLAN Assessment tool kit and End of Unit Assessment Pack, both teachers and pupils can evaluate progress.

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