Intent

‘Speak to the earth and it shall teach thee.’ Book of Job (12:8)

The 2014 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 skills required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this

St Francis of Assisi Church of England Primary School understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A good understanding of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding helps to support pupils work across the curriculum.

We believe that Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Our Science curriculum fosters an environment of scientific working, by generating questions, exploring the environment, researching concepts and both planning and carrying out investigations. The scientific enquiry skills are built-on and developed throughout each year group to enable the children to become independent in their learning, thus, allowing them to take control of their inquisitive natures by forming and answering questions based on a range of scientific concepts. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. We believe that a broad and balanced Science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability.

Science in our school should:-

  • be fun and exciting
  • challenge our thinking
  • help us to find out about the World
  • help us to know about ourselves
  • be practical – HANDS ON!
  • inspire our futures (STEM)
  • give us experiences inside and outside the classroom
  • link to our other subjects
  • help us to communicate, share our ideas and work together

Please click here for a copy of our table showing the EYFS and National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2 for Science.

The school has a clear progression document for pupils throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Please contact school if you would like a copy.

Implementation

Please click here for a copy of our long term overview. Further details about the implementation can be found by contacting Miss Johnson (our Science Lead).