St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

"to inspire, to learn, to love with God"

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Hill Top, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire WS12 1DE

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Science

Intent

In our Science Curriculum, we aim to provide all children with a strong understanding of the world around us by providing a rich, inclusive and varied curriculum which challenges all children. Throughout the curriculum, whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, we strive to nurture curiosity and encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. All children are encouraged to develop and use different types of scientific enquiry including observation, identifying and classifying, pattern seeking, research and fair testing to accumulate a range of skills and knowledge throughout their time at St Joseph’s.

Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Science, we implement a curriculum through the scheme Engaging Science, the scheme provides staff with a comprehensive framework and outlines the knowledge and skills that need to be taught in each Key Stage. The scheme is progressive throughout the whole school and provides planning to ensure all lessons meet the key assessment criteria. It focusses on the Key topics outlined in the 2014 National Curriculum. Science is a standalone subject within our St Joseph’s curriculum, this allows us to ensure the fundamental knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum are being taught to the highest standards. However teaching staff strive to teach science topics that allow children to make links to other curriculum areas within the relevant school terms. Teaching staff use the aims and resources from this scheme however draw on other area and resources to support learning and differentiation for all pupils.

 

Using the scheme, teachers must ensure planning of lessons for their class meets all key assessment criteria and outcomes stated in the National Curriculum and progression maps. The Progression documentation allows teachers to easily establish an understanding of prior learning which allows teachers to build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years and ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. Working Scientifically skills are embedded into our Progression documentation 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.

 

Impact

Our Science curriculum is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate clear progression.  At St Joseph’s our children take pleasure in and are enthusiastic about science and there is a clear progression of children’s work and teachers’ expectations. The work completed evidences a range of topics and illustrates curriculum coverage for all science topics; as children progress through our school it is evident that they are becoming increasingly independent in science, taking an ownership over some pupil lead investigations and choosing their own strategies for recording.

We measure the impact of our Science curriculum through the following methods;

  • Formative Assessment based on the 2014 National Curriculum and the outcomes of our Scheme
  • Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work (pupil voice)
  • Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work across each theme
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum
  • Marking of work in books
  • Our SLT are kept up to date with developments in the way science is run in our school with assessment and action plans
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