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Wendell Park Primary School

Part of the
Brackenbury, Kenmont and Wendell Park
Federation

Science

Science

Intent (before the teaching) 

We aim to help all children at Wendell see that Science is relevant to each of them and relevant to their lives. Lessons are planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before and towards clearly defined end points. Children are taught the knowledge and skills needed in order to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in later life. We aim to inspire children in Science by creating exciting learning opportunities in a variety of ways such as hands on learning, learning outdoors, using expertise from families and the community and bringing a real life insight into Science. We do this supported by a range of engaging resources (& enriching trips where possible.) We intend to teach all children the specific skills and knowledge to help them think and work scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and an understanding of the uses and implications of Science for today and for the future.

Implementation (subject in action)

Learning in Science is brought to life with opportunities for hands on, active learning where children are able to see and experience Science. They are equipped with the knowledge (both topic knowledge and working scientifically skills) to carry out scientific enquiries: to gather the evidence needed to answer scientific questions and (and sometimes generate more.) Lessons are scaffolded to support the needs of all learners. Children are engaged in the science they are experiencing and able to talk about the learning that is taking place. Working scientifically skills are woven into the learning objectives alongside the key subject knowledge being taught. Our Science Curriculum is designed so that topics are revisited and developed throughout the children’s time at Wendell Park. Topics such as Materials are taught in Key Stage 1 and studied again in greater depth in Key Stage 2. This allows children to build upon prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topic. Each lesson begins with questions linked to previous learning: last year, last term and last week to help children’s long term memory. Specialist and technical vocabulary is taught and built up alongside effective questioning to communicate ideas. In lessons, children have access to appropriate resources to support and extend their learning. Our whole school participation in British Science week each year enhances our science curriculum alongside trips. We make use of our local park to see science in action.

Impact (after the teaching)

By the end of their time at Wendell Park, children have a love of enquiry and the skills necessary to become the scientists of the futures who recognise the relevance of Science in the world. They are curious and seek out answers to understand the world around them. We aim to provide all children with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to engage in Science and see the link to their lives whether it is joining in with a discussion about vaccinations, star gazing, finding enjoyment from watching David Attenbourgh, studying sciences at A-level or pursuing a career to address climate change. Children are informally assessed in their ability to work scientifically through teacher assessment during enquiry and practical work; their knowledge is assessed during each end of topic assessment.

 

Progression of skills and knowledge 

Our Science 'progression of skills and knowledge' document gives further information about what the children are taught in this subject as they progress through school. 

 Progression of skills and knowledge

Long Term Plan 

This document gives further information about what the children are taught in this subject year by year. 

Long term plan

Science National Curriculum

If you would like to know more, please visit National Curriculum for Science.