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Science

National Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

We want children to be curious about the world around them and excited about science and its importance in our lives. Our teaching staff agree that we are aiming for the same endpoint - young children who work scientifically and are able to share their ideas using growing scientific language.  They can ask questions, carry out simple and comparative tests, see patterns, make observations over time, identify, classify and group objects as well as find information using secondary sources. Our choice of opportunities for first hand experiences is designed to inspire our cohort of children to engage with science and help them acquire good scientific knowledge and skills. Science is taught as a discrete subject and the children are encouraged to make links between their learning in all of the other curriculum areas. 

Curriculum Implementation

All staff have a clear and ambitious vision for providing high quality teaching of Science.  Our curriculum is designed to …

  • provide our children with high quality first-hand experience of science
  • ensure a rigorous, progressive approach to the teaching of science skills and knowledge
  • ensure children can use and apply the KS1 scientific vocabulary
  • encourage children to be inquisitive and to ask questions
  • ensure there are opportunities for writing and recording in science
  • expect teacher’s own speaking, listening, writing and reading of English to support the development of children's language and vocabulary

At Coombe Hill, we follow the National Curriculum for science which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and are able to express their understanding using scientific language. 
  • 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

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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