At St Ann’s Heath, we believe that science is for everyone. We aim to provide a curriculum that fosters and nurtures our children’s curiosity about the world around them and the wider universe. We believe that inspiring science lessons provide our children with awe and wonder moments which develops further interest and understanding for both now and in their future lives. At the heart of our progressive science curriculum is scientific investigation: we intend to deliver lessons where children learn through varied systematic investigations, leading to them being equipped for life to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Equip our children with knowledge, skills and understanding outlined in the Science National Curriculum.
- Nurture children’s curiosity about the world around them and inspire future scientists.
- Promote scientific enquiry and ensure our children are taught the skills they need to find out more about the world and how it works.
- Provide practical experiences to encourage and explore areas of science.
- Recognise working scientifically skills and use these in science lessons and any application of science.
Science topics are taught either as discreet units or form part of the Creative Curriculum. Topics such as Rocks (in year 3), The Blue Abyss (in year 4), Earth and Space (in year 5) and Galapagos (in year 6) form a large part of the Creative Curriculum unit. We look for opportunities to combine scientific learning and other subject areas to enhance the children’s understanding across the curriculum. Where there is no meaningful link or we feel the scientific understanding would improve from a discrete unit, we teach in this style. We cover all areas of the National Curriculum and cover a range of biology, chemistry and physics and a balance of conceptual knowledge and development of enquiry skills are developed through each unit. Children are taught to use a range of scientific equipment and the health and safety risks associated with them.
Dr Metcalfe, our Outreach Science specialist, has worked alongside the subject leader to discuss the secondary science curriculum and has worked collaboratively to ensure the knowledge and skills being covered will prepare students well for Key Stage 3 and 4.
At the end of a unit of science, the children complete an assessment paper from the HeadStart scheme. These papers help to support teachers with their assessment and combined with the teacher’s knowledge of the child in class, help to give an accurate picture of where the children are. Staff assess the children as Working Towards the Expected Standard, Working At the Expected Standard or Working Above the Expected Standard.
This assessment information is then recorded on a class overview which can then be handed over to new teachers on transition and allows for tracking of a child’s progress in science throughout the school.
During the course of the year, children will have the opportunity to take part in designing and carrying out scientific enquiries which enables the teacher to see which scientific skills the children are most secure with and areas that need further development. At the end of the year children are assessed on their ability to work scientifically; these are judged with the same assessment descriptors.