At Bisley Church of England Primary School it is our vision to instil a lifelong love of science within our pupils. We work hard to provide a rich and varied curriculum which challenges and meets the needs of all of our children. From Year 1 up to Year 6 our pupils will build up a body of concepts and knowledge, largely through exploration, where they are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will learn how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. We make links to other subjects which aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them.
At our school we follow the ‘Science Programmes of Study’ as laid out in the National Curriculum. Science is taught weekly, or in blocks if needed, to ensure coverage and progression. Where possible, science is linked to the whole school theme. *
From the first half of the summer term (2020) children will be assessed at the end of each unit using the key questions found on our Knowledge Organisers. Here they will be graded as either ‘emerging, expected or exceeding’. By using Knowledge Organisers and focusing on key questions, teachers will plan accordingly, taking into account the children’s questions, interests and ideas. When appropriate, children’s investigative skills will also be assessed during the unit, and we will award the children an overall grade of ‘emerging, expected or exceeding’ at the end of the academic year.
*In September 2020 we will commence a new long term plan which will ensure different year groups are not teaching similar topics at the same time.
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 the 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 them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
· High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.