At Westwood Primary School we pride ourselves on delivering a science curriculum which has been designed to increase our pupils knowledge and understanding of the world and enables all learners to acquire skills for later life. Science is taught discretely with a balanced focus of both knowledge and enquiry skills to ensure full coverage of the curriculum which is both progressional and engaging to pupils. Our science curriculum has been designed with the belief that science provides the foundations for the understanding of the world and has been mapped out in order to meet the objectives guided by the National Curriculum for Science (2014):
•develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
•develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
•are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
To develop both knowledge and working scientifically skills which will equip pupils for future careers, children creatively take on roles of scientists which encourages a sense of curiosity and excitement about the natural world. This is because we believe science should be delivered in a creative, active ways which allow children take ownership over their learning and provide wider links to other subjects within the curriculum and children are encouraged to ‘Think like scientists’. Therefore, we provide the children with opportunities for awe and wonder around the skill through creative displays, extra curricular activities and giving the children opportunities to experience science trips as well as visits from outside agencies.
At Westwood, the planning of learning always takes place with a set knowledge and working scientifically skill of which the delivery is planned using a range of up to date resources and activities which allow children to develop as independent learners. As a staff and pupil team, we have created 5 top principles (see below) of which we believe are important to have in each science lesson, teachers plan to ensure that these are present in all sessions delivered. Staff are encouraged as a group to develop their own subject knowledge surrounding each topic to ensure high quality delivery of learning.
During lessons, scientists are exposed to high quality scientific vocabulary which is linked through all areas of the curriculum and includes the vocabulary required to understand the working scientifically skills. At Westwood, scientists are familiar with our science learning hero DR IPROF, this acronym is used to break down the working scientifically skills and scaffold these for children's understanding. Scientists are encouraged to use their working scientifically skills within each session in order to develop as scientists.
To assess childrens learning within the science curriculum, teachers use their professional judgements to assess which children are secure in the expected learning in each half termly topic alongside published structures from both Chris Quigleys milestones (see below) and ASE plan it overviews.