Greatfield Park Primary School Science Intent Statement
At Greatfield Park Primary School, it is our intention to offer a high-quality science education that provides pupils with the foundations for understanding the world around them. Science is given the prominence it requires. As a core subject, pupils in Key Stage 1 will be provided with the equivalent of 1 ½ hours dedicated science teaching and learning each week, with Key Stage 2 pupils being provided with 2 hours. Reception children will be exposed to science through the new Early Years framework.
Our science curriculum will enable pupils to become enquiry-based learners. Through the use of high-quality teaching and learning, pupils will be given the opportunity to research, investigate and evaluate a range of scientific aspects relating to the three specific scientific disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology.
The concept of ‘working scientifically’ is a fundamental element of the science curriculum. Pupils are taught to use practical scientific methods, processes and skills in conjunction with relevant year group’s programme of study. These skills will be taught at an age-appropriate level, ensuring pupils’ progression throughout their primary education. For example, in Key Stage 1 pupils will be expected to perform simple tests, in Lower Key Stage 2, pupils will be expected to set up simple tests- making comparisons and considering ‘fair test’ principles. In Upper Key Stage 2, pupils will be expected to plan different types of scientific enquiries, including recognising and controlling variables. All pupils will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things behave, and analyse causes. They will also be taught and reminded how we must show respect for living organisms and the physical environment.
Experiential learning and carefully planned lessons, inspired by the Cornerstones Curriculum, will capture the pupils’ interest, enabling them to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils will not only be required to answer ‘big questions’ about scientific concepts but will also be encouraged to ask questions and have an inquisitive mind; improving their oracy and having the ability to explain one’s thought processes is a key area that Greatfield Park aims to promote. Pupils will routinely revisit and recap previous learning in order to consolidate understanding and secure long-term retention of learning.
Where appropriate, links to other areas of the curriculum will be exploited. Pupils will be given the opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data . Presenting work in written form, communicating ideas and rationalising thought processes will support pupils’ English skills. Pupils will also be immersed in key scientific vocabulary, which supports the acquisition of scientific knowledge and understanding. High-quality texts are central to our Cornerstones projects and, where appropriate, provide opportunities for children to read about science related topics.
All pupils will be provided with a broad, balanced and ambitious science curriculum which reflects the equality and diversity policies and practice in the school. Pupils with special educational needs will be supported by effective scaffolding measures, including adapted resources, visual aids and adult support. All pupils will be given the opportunity to answer ‘deepen it’ style questions, which aim to challenge and promote ‘greater-depth thinking.’
All pupils are supported and encouraged to achieve the expected national standards of science by the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. In line with our DREAMS values, our science curriculum aims to encourage children to be: determined, respectful, excellent, aspirational, mindful and supportive.