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. Our Science curriculum has been designed with the belief that Science provides the foundations for their understanding of the world around them and the vital role that it plays in broadening our pupils' horizons and raising aspirations (Westwood Primary Curriculum).
To develop both knowledge and scientific enquiry skills, which will equip pupils for future careers, children creatively take on the role of a scientist, which encourages a sense of curiosity, excitement and awe and wonder about the natural world. This is because we believe Science should be delivered in creative, active ways which allow children to take ownership over their learning and provide wider links to other subjects within the curriculum. Children are not only encouraged to ‘think like scientists’ in their lessons, therefore, we provide creative displays, extra curricular activities and opportunities to experience science in action through trips and visitors.
Our Science curriculum aims to provide a balanced focus on both knowledge and enquiry skills to ensure full coverage of the curriculum which is both progressional and engaging to pupils. Science at Westwood 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.
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 children's 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 Quigley's milestones (see below) and ASE plan it overviews.