Science Curriculum Statement
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.
- Each year group will cover specific units relevant to their year group, this information can be found on our whole school coverage documents, skills breakdown and newsletters to parent which are sent out half termly.
- 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 and these prior threads are identified in the Science MTP's.
- 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.
- Each unit is supported by a Knowledge Mat which details the key facts, vocabulary and books linked to the topic. These are available to children within the classroom to clarify any understanding of vocabulary and state the key knowledge.
- 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.
Following the feedback from the previous year, teachers have addressed gaps in their planning and learning and this has resulted in the age-related expectations in Science rising during the academic year of 2021-2022 to 63% in Key Stage 1 and 77% in Key Stage 2.
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. Children will be enthusiastic and motivated scientific learners and through a hands-on enquiry-based curriculum will experience the joy of exploring ideas and investigation. We believe that these opportunities will ensure that our children are confident, life-long learners who will explore the world around them.
Below you can find the whole school overview for the Science coverage per year group and the medium term plans for each unit.
To find further information relating to learning in individual year groups, please use the year group tabs on the website homepage.