Science at Kirkdale St. Lawrence
Science Curriculum Statement
Our curriculum stems from our school motto: “Together, with God in our heart, the path to our dreams will start.” With that in mind, we strive to continue to deliver a curriculum which prepares our pupils to grow as happy and fulfilled young people, prepared to make a positive contribution to their local community and the wider world.
In Kirkdale St Lawrence, we aim to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them through developing their scientific knowledge whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes, to gain knowledge of notable scientists of the past and an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future. Through the good teaching of our science curriculum we hope children will:
- Explore and discover the world around them confidently.
- Have good science knowledge and have opportunities to gain a deeper understanding.
- Have opportunities to develop a range of skills including: on the spot observations in addition to observations over time, making comparisons, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things and investigative testing.
- Receive stimulating, challenging and practical experiences which encourages pupils to problem solve and to ask scientific questions.
- Develop language and vocabulary of science to enforce effective questioning and communication of their ideas and findings.
- Develop an understanding of the processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Independently plan and carry out their own investigations also building resilience when facing challenging scientific enquiry questions.
- Research the work of past and present scientists, identify their impact on the world we live in, in order for children to build their aspirations to become future scientists.
- Proudly present their investigative work.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science at Kirkdale, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. We follow the Cornerstones Maestro Curriculum scheme which has an overarching topic approach that has been carefully structured and is mapped coherently and deliberately to build knowledge and skills year on year.
Science here is taught over a two year rolling cycle (Y1/2, Y3/4, Y5/6) to accommodate for our mixed age group classes. Throughout each unit, it is broken down into four stages of learning (Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express) as well as having a companion project to link to other subjects. Currently science lessons are taught each week rather than in blocks to ensure that children are regularly taught throughout the year.
Use of subject-specific resources can be set up and displayed in the classroom throughout the term and displays are used as working walls to support continued learning. Each unit of work teachers are encouraged to use Knowledge organisers with key vocabulary to ensure that topics are covered, progression is built within topics, from year to year and across key stages. Teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events, their own teaching style, the use of any support staff and the resources available.
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.
- Develop the use of scientific vocabulary, 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, understanding and vocabulary 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.
- Readiness for the next stage of their scientific learning
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further scientific study, work and a successful adult life.
This is measured through the completion of end of unit learning showcases and the collection of termly summative assessments, pupil voice, work scrutiny and lesson visits.
Working Scientifically Skills
Useful Science Websites
This gives good explanations of the topics covered at school, with video links, quizzes and games.
This gives information, games, quizzes and practical ideas for different science topics – great for letting your child explore the world.
A series of science games to help your child learn.
If you have a question you can’t find the answer to, this website lets you email a scientist to see if they can help.
Science videos to really challenge the brain (upper KS2).
Some extreme facts about science (the largest, the smallest, the most dangerous, etc…) – upper KS2.
A series of games and activities about looking after our planet.
Ideas for science experiments to be carried out at home.