Wakefield Snapethorpe Primary School

Working Together And Achieving More

01924 367396

St George's Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8AA

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Science

Intent

At Snapethorpe Primary our aim is to build science capital for all our children regardless of their background and starting point so that they are inspired to continue to use science in their everyday life, future education and careers.   

 We will deliver a Science Curriculum that:    

  • Builds upon prior knowledge and a progression of skills to ensure all children have a secure understanding and knowledge of key science concepts  
  • Develops creativity and challenges all of our learners through outstanding and inclusive teaching practice 
  • Inspires and excites our children through engaging practical sessions which are enriched with visits and visitors  
  • Will develop aspirational learners with an awareness of the key role that science plays within our community and the world and the opportunities that this creates for future careers  
  • Encourages our children to be self-motivated, independent, curious and resilient learners by developing inquiry-based skills and sessions 
  • Encompasses outdoor learning to create meaningful experiences within their natural environment 

 

Implementation 

  • The curriculum is led and overseen by the science curriculum leaders, who will regularly monitor, evaluate and review science teaching and learning, celebrating and sharing good practice. Formative assessments will be integrated into every day science teaching to ensure teachers have an in-depth knowledge of the children’s learning and inform their next steps.
  • The National Curriculum 2014 and the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework 2021 provide the basis for our science curriculum, which is then tailored to meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. 
  • Teachers will plan science lessons which will allow children to build upon prior knowledge and understanding. 
  • Teachers will plan enquiry-based lessons so that children can develop their working scientifically skills and this will support children’s journeys to become independent and resilient learners.
  • The teaching, learning and sequencing of science will follow a blocked curriculum approach which has been implemented to ensure coverage and progression in all subject areas.  
  • Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Mat which details the key facts, vocabulary and books linked to the topic. This is available on the school’s website allowing children to make a head start on their learning prior to each new unit of work being taught in school.
  • In Year groups 1-6 the children have question sheets at the start of each topic and curriculum quizzes at the end of each unit, so the children can apply their knowledge to the questions.

 

Impact 

Part A

Most classes were taught Science throughout the Autumn and Summer term in the last academic year; however, school closures have impacted on the teaching of Science. Previously 70% of children were meeting age related expectations. During the academic year of 2020-2021 age related expectations in Science have fallen to around 60%. Feedback has been given to teachers to enable them to fill gaps and raise attainment in the next academic year and we hope that this will enable the percentage of children who are meeting age related expectations to rise.

Part B

  • In addition, the teaching of science will promote and develop transferable skills such as observation, communication and teamwork and allow mathematical skills to be applied.
  • Children will become resilient, independent and curious scientists who ask questions and find things out for themselves.  
  • Science will be a high-profile subject throughout the school. 
  • Children will be enthusiastic and motivated scientific learners. 
  • Through a hands-on inquiry-based curriculum children will experience the joy of having wonderful ideas, exploration and investigation.
  • We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore the world around them.
  • The outdoor classroom will be utilised regularly throughout science lessons to give children hands on experiences with a variety of animals.
  • Parents and the wider community will support science learning through trips and visits on a regular basis.