Science

Science intent

At St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Kingston Hill our teachers deliver a motivating and engaging science curriculum that fosters a healthy curiosity in children about the universe and promotes respect and understanding of their world.

The core principles of our intent are:

  • Pupils have access to high quality science literature that reinforces and expands upon learning done in the classroom and fosters an intrinsic desire to learn more about the world around them.

  • Science lessons include authentic opportunities to apply and consolidate literacy and numeracy skills learned in other curriculum areas. For example: measurement; collection and representation of data; formally written reports, procedures and evaluations; informally written observations and reflections.

  • Through both practical and theoretical scientific enquiry, pupils develop perseverance and resilience as they design, implement and evaluate scientific experiments. The teaching of science is always underpinned by the value of failed experiments and negative results.

  • Group work and class discussion are integral to the teaching of science and afford pupils the opportunity to develop the skills they need in order to communicate effectively and confidently.

  • The teaching of science through enquiry-based learning techniques allows pupils to develop, practise and refine their problem solving and critical thinking skills.

  • Pupils have opportunities to participate in science competitions both in and out of school.

  • Pupils are exposed to scientists from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, fostering both a deep respect for other cultures and belief systems and a rich culture capital.


Aims

The 2014 national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this


Our curriculum follows the sequence of knowledge and concepts outlined in the National Curriculum: Science along with the standards set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to provide a progression of learning that enable pupils to develop a rich conceptual understanding of key scientific principles – or ‘big ideas’.

Overview of Science Topics

Topics overview - science.pdf

'My favourite part of science is finding things out - like life cycles.' - Year 2

'I love learning new stuff and experimenting with fascinating things.' - Year 5