Science Curriculum Intent:
Purpose of study
At Egglescliffe CE Primary School the high-quality and enriched Science education should expose children to a wide variety of topics that support their natural curiosity and excitement for learning. Our curriculum aims to broaden the children’s scientific view of, and respect for, the world around them, whilst promoting a love of learning and wanting to explore new things. We want our pupils develop a love for Science that carries through into later life, instilling in them an awareness of how Science is relevant in today’s society. We ensure that the Working Scientifically enquiry skills are progressively built upon, and are threaded through and embedded into their learning journey so they can ask and answer scientific questions. Pupils competently use scientific equipment to measure and record data accurately and have the necessary skills and vocabulary to confidently explain concepts and articulate their findings.
We have adopted the he national curriculum for science which aims to ensure that all pupils:
Knowledge: develop and are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
Concepts: conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
Skills: 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
Spoken language: At Egglescliffe we believe the quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their scientific vocabulary and articulating scientific concepts clearly and precisely.
We follow the 2013 NC programmes of study for science, which are set out year-byyear for key stages 1 and 2. However, as schools are only required to teach the relevant programme of study by the end of the key stage we have decided that this flexible approach will suit the design of our mixed age classes. This approach enables us to introduce content earlier or later than set out in the programme of study if we think appropriate. We have therefore, planned our Science curriculum map so that by the end of each key stage the relevant programmes of study will have been taught. Pupils should read and spell scientific vocabulary correctly and with confidence, using their growing word-reading and spelling knowledge.