At Westwood Primary School, Science is taught discretely with a 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 them for future careers, children take on the role of scientists which encourages a sense of curiosity and excitement about the natural world. To do this, 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. We also believe that science shouldn’t stop inside the classroom therefore children are encouraged to ‘Think like scientists’ all around the school by providing children with opportunities for awe and wonder both by staff members and by inviting outside agencies to join us on this mission.
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. Teachers 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 Grove, 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.