Science

 The Science Curriculum at South Street Community Primary

Science Curriculum Aims

Science at South Street aims to excite our children’s curiosity in the world around them and understand the importance of scientific discoveries to their lives, in the past and in the future. We are a NUSTEM school and have developed a support partnership with Northumbria University which supports and enriches our science curriculum.  As our children progress through school, they will acquire scientific knowledge, understanding and concepts through discovery and be able to apply this to a range of contexts. Working scientifically is at the heart of our science curriculum – our children will develop skills to be confident scientists in order to aid their discoveries and develop team work, problem solving and resilience.  Our science curriculum is accessible to all pupils through careful ongoing scaffolding and adaptations. We aim to give children a life-long curiosity of science in their lives, the local community and wider world and be aware of opportunities open to them in the future. This allows our pupils to leave South Street as confident scientists who possess an excellent knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and robust working scientifically skills.

Implementation

The science curriculum at South Street covers the EYFS Curriculum and the National Curriculum aims and objectives and has been carefully sequenced to reflect our pupils and local area, using the unit recommendations for each year group set out in the National Curriculum.  Each unit of learning is introduced to the children through an enquiry question which promotes scientific thinking. The core of our learning combines developing working scientifically skills to help understand the core learning knowledge. Each lesson focusses on a key working scientifically skill alongside a knowledge objective. Within lessons, children are given opportunities to discuss their scientific experiences and thinking. New vocabulary is specifically taught and revisited. Staff are supported to become confident science teachers through ongoing planning support and access to CPD. At the end of each unit, children answer the enquiry question and are challenged on applying their learning to this.

Units are enhanced through outdoor learning in the local community, visitors from the science world and objects relevant to the children’s learning. We are also fortunate to be able to welcome additional support from our partners at Northumbria University, the wider school community and experts from local museums. This allows the children to develop a deeper and lasting understanding.

What you will see in a South Street Science Lesson

  • Engaging and inspiring lessons and investigations that promote creativity and curiosity. 
  • High quality instruction and questioning with teachers providing carefully planned, sequenced and modelled lessons that build on children’s scientific knowledge and working scientifically skills.
  • Children working practically to apply their knowledge or discover new learning.
  • Achievement and Inclusion for all: All activities are planned, scaffolded and adapted to ensure every child at South Street can achieve in science.
  • Retrieval of previous learning and explicit links through concepts that connect new learning with what the children know. Each lesson will start with a recap of knowledge from the previous week, unit and year.
  • Authentic experiences through hands-on learning, visitors and outdoor learning.
  • High quality talk giving opportunities for children to discuss their scientific thinking and the ability to learn how to challenge and disagree respectfully giving thoughtful reasons for their views.
  • An emphasis on correct and ambitious vocabulary. 
  • High quality verbal feedback during lessons.
  • Links to current and historical scientists and the impact of their work, and addressing stereotypes in a sensitive way.

Impact: Progress in our curriculum is measured by children knowing more and remembering more

If we are meeting our aims, our learners will have a rich body of scientific knowledge and will have developed working scientifically skills and will have a curiosity to find out more about the world around them. They will see themselves as scientists and understand how science is relevant to their lives and the wider world.

Each one will be ready to thrive in science during the next stage of their education.

Staff use a range of assessment to assess progress towards unit outcomes and to measure the impact of our teaching and learning. We utilise spaced retrieval and regular low stakes quizzing, opportunities to present work and discussion to understand our children’s learning and to plan for next steps.

Our Science Leader monitors progress and learning and takes actions to ensure every child achieves highly in science.

If you would like further information about the curriculum, please contact Mrs Wynn in the school office.

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