We have carefully designed our Science curriculum to provide a programme of study which enables pupils to achieve the aims of the National Curriculum before the end of Year 6. The whole curriculum presents opportunities to develop scientific theory and work scientifically whilst developing strong skills in the following areas:
We are developing our curriculum to educate children to understand that science is critical to life on earth. That it helps us learn about enormously important and useful topics, such as our health, the environment, and natural hazards. Throughout the curriculum we are developing opportunities to teach our children how science has changed our lives in the past and more recently and to also appreciate its importance for our future prosperity.
The curriculum provides opportunity to explore this through topics such as the exploration of light, electricity and the human body. Children are also introduced to scientists who have made significant contributions to science and who have impacted our lives such as William Harvey and his discovery of the circulatory system leading to instrumental health care and treatment. They also learn the continuing importance of science in solving global challenges such as climate change when looking at everyday materials and the effect of burning certain materials has on the environment.
Within our Science curriculum, pupils have the opportunity to explore the world in which we live and teachers encourage pupils to do this through first-hand experience where possible. The most important scientific concepts and knowledge have been identified and carefully sequenced through the curriculum in ‘chunks’ to ensure pupils can build on prior knowledge and make connections between ideas making learning more meaningful. Key questions have been created to provide opportunities for scientific enquiry and develop curiosity and excitement within topics. To ensure learning is processed into the long-term memory regular low steak quizzes are used to revise and recall key knowledge.
Embedded across the curriculum are not only opportunities for children to develop scientific theory, but also chances for them to work scientifically to understand how theories are established, tested and revised through practical investigations and leads of enquiry. They are taught how science can be used to explain what is occurring through observations, predict how things will behave, collect and record data and evaluate and analyse causes.
For example, Year 5 children explore the effects of air resistance by observing the way in which a parachute descends. They test different materials and compare their effectiveness, recording and analysing data. This provides a deeper understanding of the physics governing real life objects such as aeroplanes, boats and cars and the materials and shapes which ensure these perform successfully.
The curriculum is progressive, including substantive knowledge, topics and skills that pupils must learn to accelerate later learning and deepen their understanding of concepts. For example when looking at the human body, they are introduced to their body parts and senses in KS1, building upon this in Lower Key Stage Two when exploring the Skeleton and digestive system and then further deepening their knowledge in upper Key Stage Two when exploring the circulatory system. They build up a detailed picture of how the human body functions and is kept healthy throughout their time at St Luke’s. Our aim is for our pupils to leave St Luke’s with a strong knowledge of key concepts within science across biology, chemistry and physics that will provide firm foundations to continue their understanding within secondary school.
We also aim to provide the foundation for a range of diverse and valuable careers that are crucial for economic, environmental and social development and inspire our pupils to take a keen interest in these.
We make increasing use of high-quality non-fiction texts to further enhance the learning experience. For example, year groups throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 frequently dip into the 'Big Book Series' by Yuval Zommer. The books are captivating and visually stunning introductions to a whole range of scientific topics. Using fascinating non-fiction texts throughout our curriculum, we aim for our pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a topic through reading and writing.
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RECOVERY CURRICULUM – COVID 19 (September 2021 latest update)
Throughout school closures, Science was prioritised as a core subject for remote learning and was taught through live lessons within each year group across KS1 and KS2. However, we recognise that learning will have been lost due to the pandemic.
Since returing to school in March 2021, summative assessment informed teachers of specific topics within the Science curriculum that needed reinforcing or teaching in more detail. A bespoke curriculum was then created to enable these gaps in knowledge to be addressed and for children to have opportunities to explore key knowledge and concepts in more depth.
Teaching Science remotely meant that opportunites for children to work scientifically were very limited. Throughout the Summer term of 2021, teachers planned ample opportunities for children to use enquiry skills within practical investigations. This will continue to be a priority within Science sessions for children to experience and practise first-hand such skills.