SCIENCE

Intent:

Science teaching at Courtwood aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.

At Courtwood, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.

All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of enquiry skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist Scientific and academic vocabulary is built upon through the years that can be applied to future learning and other academic areas and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.

Implementation:

As part of this planning process, teachers need to plan the following:

  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including scientific and academic vocabulary) all children must master;
  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth across years and within the topic
  • A low stakes quiz which is tested regularly to support learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory;
  • Children are offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class as well as cultural capital
  • Making use of the local area, The Wise Owls Woods and The Edible Playground to make cross curricular links
  • Mathematical skills applied during Science lessons
  • Science knowledge is not just taught during science lessons but also Reading and English lessons

Impact:

Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes

  • Tracking of knowledge through the topic and ensuring knowledge is embedded in long term memory
  • pre and post learning activity
  • Pupil discussions about their learning with teacher and science lead