Science

Intent

We believe science is important; we want children to be excited by science. The curriculum at Eastfield offers opportunities for pupils to develop their scientific enquiry whilst combining key elements of physics, chemistry and biology to create a rounded scientific curriculum.

We aim to deliver the science curriculum through our key principles:

Implementation

Science will be taught through a hands-on investigative approach. All children will be given the opportunity to ask questions and develop an understanding of and a curiosity for the world around them. They will develop an understanding of a wide range of scientific vocabulary to help them to explain their ideas. Science will be taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher, to have a project-based approach. This is a strategy to enable the achievement of a greater depth of knowledge. 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. Opportunities for pupils to work scientifically are planned throughout each unit and children will have a broad experience of working scientifically in lots of different ways. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers.

Where possible, enrichment opportunities are also planned to create a sounder understanding of a scientific concept, for example the mobile Planetarium to demonstrate space and the solar system. Children are offered visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class. Regular events, such as Science Week and STEM allow pupils to experience broader provision, make links with industry and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. These events often involve families and the wider community.

Impact

  • Children at Eastfield Primary School overwhelmingly enjoy science and this results in motivated learners with sound scientific understanding.
  • This leads to higher standards in science in knowledge, skill and understanding.
  • Pupils will develop integral skills, such as strategic thinking, learning, solving problems and making informed decisions, needed in life and career.
  • Pupils will have been provided with the firm foundations and knowledge for understanding the world.

EPS Science Long Term Plan 2019-20

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