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Science

National Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

Our staff agree that we want children to:

  • be excited and curious about science and the natural world around them and to be keen to explore and ask questions. 

  • experience science as relevant to all aspects of their lives  

  • build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding covering at least the content of the National Curriculum of KS1 and EYFS Development Matters. 

  • to investigate and analyse the natural world around them using both first hand and secondary sources, developing key scientific inquiry skills as outlined in the KS1 National Curriculum.

  • communicate scientific ideas effectively using standard English and accurate technical scientific terminology. 

  • begin to appreciate the importance of science in improving our lives; we also want them to see the need to care for our natural world.

Curriculum Implementation

All staff have a clear and ambitious vision for providing high quality teaching of science for all children.   Our curriculum is designed to: 

  • provide creative opportunities, often embedding them within cross-curricular topics and themes to make science relevant;

  • ensure a rigorous, progressive approach to teaching scientific skills and knowledge by teaching biology, chemistry and physics as distinct subjects; 

  • provide progressive opportunities for scaffolded investigations so children can develop and appreciate the 5 key scientific skills as outlined in the KS1 National Curriculum;

  • encourage targeted learning of specific scientific vocabulary and repeated oral and written modelling of the use of the technical scientific language within standard English; 

  • provide repeated opportunities to revisit knowledge, vocabulary and language to embed and retain learning;

  • ensure there are many opportunities for writing and recording in science, with personalised targets focused on English writing skills;

The topics covered are also outlined in the National Curriculum:

Year 1 – Seasonal Changes, Everyday Materials, Plants and Animals, including Humans

Year 2 – Living Things & their Habitats, Uses of Everyday Materials, Plants and Animals, including Humans

Oracy in all subjects

Our curriculum design allows for as many speaking opportunities as possible as our teachers understand that speaking and listening are at the heart of language.  Not only are they the foundations for reading and writing, they are also essential skills for thinking and communication.  Our teachers are role models for good spoken English, using ambitious vocabulary and correct grammar.  Children are encouraged to read aloud, discuss ideas with their peers and teachers, engage with and learn new vocabulary to extend their spoken and receptive vocabulary.

Year

CHI

National

RBK

 

Expected Standard

Expected Standard

Expected Standard

2019

87%

82%

82%

2018

85%

83%

86%

2017

90%

83%

%

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