Curriculum Intent

At Clifton Primary School, we recognise that Science is an important aspect of how we live.  It continually changes our lives in many different ways and by developing children’s understanding of scientific processes, methods and knowledge we provide the foundations for them to begin to understand the world around them. Our teaching and learning constantly strives to increase our pupils’ knowledge and understanding, while nurturing enquiring and curious minds. Analytical thinking skills are developed through an interesting and varied curriculum, which is carefully planned to build on knowledge year by year. Our cyclical curriculum covers the three scientific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics,

Curriculum Implementation

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;

  • Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge.
  • Through our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up.
  • We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
  • Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
  • Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings through practical experiences outdoor learning.

Curriculum Impact

The successful approach at Clifton Primary results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. So much of science lends itself to outdoor learning and so we provide children with opportunities to experience this. Through their ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’ experiences, children develop the understanding that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future growth and prosperity. Through the explicit teaching of Science skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. At the beginning and end of units, pupils use knowledge quizzes to reflect and assess their knowledge and understanding. Our assessment systems enable teachers to make informed judgements about the depth of their learning and the progress they have made over time.

 

We use ‘CUSP’ as our Science Spine and use Rising Stars Science as an additional support