Science

Hayley Thorp - Science Curriculum Lead

Discover the Universe through Science

Intent

We want our pupils to recognise the importance of science in every aspect of daily life through curiosity and enquiry.  We want to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, by developing skills associated with science as a process of enquiry. Through a practical and enjoyable curriculum we strive to inspire and excite our children, feeding their thirst for knowledge.  Science at our school promotes and develops transferable skills; such as observation, communication, collaboration and enquiry through real life contexts.

Implementation

Children have weekly lessons in science using various programmes of study and resources which are linked carefully to a school scheme of learning and knowledge and skills progression plan.  Lessons are often for one hour and are linked to our current school topics.  They are delivered in a multitude of ways to suit a variety of learning styles.  We have a two-year long-term plan in both key stages and work is assessed at the end of each half-term. This helps with the future planning of lessons to ensure the needs of all our children are met.  In Early Years, science is taught by the children learning about the world around them through play.  Activities in EYFS are both adult led and child initiated.

The use of scientific equipment and scientific skills are modelled to the children by staff to ensure concepts are grasped and scientific understanding becomes embedded. 

 

Assessment

 

Assessment in Coads Green Primary School is viewed as building a picture over time of a child's learning progress across the curriculum and is viewed as an integral part of teaching and learning.  

Assessment for learning (AFL) and Visible Learning underpin all learning. A variety of feedback is used to inform the pupils about their learning so that they become more involved in their own learning and from this gain confidence in what they are expected to learn and how to progress it further. 

Both formative and summative assessment is used to gather evidence. Some examples of this maybe: 

Summative: 

EYFS Early Learning Goals 

 

Formative: 

Headstart end of unit (science) 

 

Pupil Retrieval Practices include: 

KWL grids, quizzes, concept/ mind maps, questioning, success criteria, learning intentions and pupil targets. 

 

Whole School Tracking and Progress 

Coads Green Primary School uses iTRACK which is the online pupil tracking software that uses powerful data analysis to track pupil progress and attainment in real time.