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SCIENCE

“Science is magic that works.” 
Kurt Vonnegut 

CURRICULUM

At Kingswood Primary School, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living things. We believe science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills.

 

We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.  

Subject overview (link to pdf kw will send through)

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INTENT

Our planning follows the national curriculum objectives while creating meaningful links through our topic-based approach. We use planning materials from PLAN, The Association of Science Education and the Primary Science Teachers Trust in each topic. We are fortunate to have strong links with the Primary Science Teacher Trust as our Science Leader (Miss Taylor) is a College Fellow with the Trust. 

Before teaching a topic, we check prior learning in order to inform and shape the teacher’s planning. This also allows us to challenge children who are already secure in their understanding.  Every classroom has a working science display which reflects their current topic. It displays elements of the science knowledge and working scientifically skills the children are developing. This is also a space for the class to post their science questions and enquiry ideas.  

At Kingswood, we ensure that the children are taught all five enquiry types in each year group: comparative / fair testing, research, identifying, grouping and classifying, observation over time and pattern seeking. We use a PLAN progression map of working scientifically skills to ensure that skills are built on across the three phases. 

In addition to learning within the classroom, we provide opportunities to explore science in the natural world through trips to local nature trails in Norwood Park; workshops at Brockwell Gardens Green House and visits to places such as Charles Darwin’s home – Down House. We also use our school grounds to look at micro habitats, carry out enquiries in the playgrounds and to plant fruits and vegetables in raised beds.  

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IMPLEMENTATION

Our planning follows the national curriculum objectives while creating meaningful links through our topic-based approach. We use planning materials from PLAN, The Association of Science Education and the Primary Science Teachers Trust in each topic. We are fortunate to have strong links with the Primary Science Teacher Trust as our Science Leader (Miss Taylor) is a College Fellow with the Trust. 

Before teaching a topic, we check prior learning in order to inform and shape the teacher’s planning. This also allows us to challenge children who are already secure in their understanding.  Every classroom has a working science display which reflects their current topic. It displays elements of the science knowledge and working scientifically skills the children are developing. This is also a space for the class to post their science questions and enquiry ideas.  

At Kingswood, we ensure that the children are taught all five enquiry types in each year group: comparative / fair testing, research, identifying, grouping and classifying, observation over time and pattern seeking. We use a PLAN progression map of working scientifically skills to ensure that skills are built on across the three phases. 

In addition to learning within the classroom, we provide opportunities to explore science in the natural world through trips to local nature trails in Norwood Park; workshops at Brockwell Gardens Green House and visits to places such as Charles Darwin’s home – Down House. We also use our school grounds to look at micro habitats, carry out enquiries in the playgrounds and to plant fruits and vegetables in raised beds.  

IMPACT

We use Insight online assessment tool to track children’s progress and attainment. Every child is assessed as working towards, expected or greater depth for each topic and working scientifically.

 

Teachers will plan additional activities to help children who are working towards, to secure their knowledge and develop their scientific vocabulary and working scientifically skills. 

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