At Kenmont Primary School, we aim to enable pupils to have the knowledge that will be the basis on which they will build on in secondary school. In a world that is changing rapidly, a rigorous science curriculum will provide our pupils with the skills and knowledge they will need in the future.
There are three aims in the primary science curriculum:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science is important because it has shaped the world that we live in today. The study of science enables pupils to develop their understanding of scientific concepts and make sense of the world around them through fostering independent thought and questioning. Pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, how science ideas have been formulated and have these have changed through the year, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.
The science curriculum at Kenmont Primary School has been devised and adapted by our teaching staff to meet the needs of all our pupils. We endeavour to provide our pupils with a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, no matter their abilities, the knowledge and skills (not only scientific) that will help them as they progress through life. Pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. The teaching of science is underpinned by thorough investigations and experiments both within and outside of the school grounds. Our curriculum is informed by the Rising Stars scheme of work, planning from the ASE (Association of Science Education), The Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project and Explorify.
We intend to provide all children regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum. In Early years, science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play. Additional opportunities are provided in Science, such as an annual science fair, school educational visits, such as visits to the Science Musuem, Tideway. In addition, Kenmont takes part in the Green Schools Project and run an Eco Club across Year 2 to 6.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we have designed and implemented a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science is taught as discrete units. This ensures progression between year groups and guarantees topics are covered. Science is taught every week for up to two hours.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
We use TAPs and the Exemplification material for Year 2 and 6 to ensure that attainment and achievement are monitored regularly and accurately.