At Farsley Springbank Primary School, we want our children to be naturally curious and inquisitive about the world around them. We deliver a high quality, bespoke and flexible science curriculum that inspires and challenges all children. All pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science so that they can emulate these skills in school and beyond. Our whole school curriculum develops a sense of awe and wonder which encourages children to enquiry and ask questions about natural phenomena. Children will be encouraged to work scientifically in each lesson as well as being able to use scientific enquiry skills to explain what is happening, predict outcomes and analyse data. Children will be exposed to first hand experiences both indoor and out, which will allow children to recognise that science is not confined to a classroom and will build upon their science capital.
As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum expectations, we ensure that we:
Within Early Years, the planning is based on the objectives taken from ‘Understanding of the World’ and taught through provision areas and focused tasks with the class teacher. Teachers ensure that the provision areas spark science curiosity and allow children to explore elements of the scientific enquiry skills.
In Key Stage One and Two, children are usually taught a minimum of one science lesson per week. Planning ensures effective coverage of the national curriculum plus opportunities for retrieval throughout the year so that children are frequently recapping prior learning and embedding knowledge in to their long term memory. Teachers make reference to the overviews and learning journeys to carefully sequence lessons, ensuring that there is clear progression throughout year groups. Scientific enquiry skills are built into every session with particular emphasis on the ‘Working Scientifically’ aspect of the curriculum. With this in mind, topics often involve practical, hands on activities and are linked to real-life contexts to make learning more meaningful to the pupils. Teachers are also encouraged to plan in trips and visitors to enhance children’s learning experience.
Here are some examples of our science learning journeys.