Science at St Giles
At St Giles we have shaped our science curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Science:
- To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
We aim for a high quality science curriculum, which should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about science and that of the wider world. We aim to:
- Teach a science curriculum, which develops knowledge, skills and results in the acquisition of language.
- Ensure children become enquiry-based learners.
- Teach a curriculum, which is ambitious and designed to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils, and including pupils with SEND, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
- Build curiosity, independence and questioning skills.
- Extend knowledge and skills each year as children become more confident in each area of the curriculum.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we are implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
- Staff follow the knowledge and skills progression document to create a curriculum overview for the year.
- Staff ensure that the key knowledge and vocabulary receives the appropriate coverage within each science unit.
- Educational visits and outside visitors are planned where possible.
- Different types of scientific enquiry are used.
- Regular investigations and experiments are carried out in class.
- The science principles are followed when teaching science.
- Appropriate resources are provided to add depth and understanding for each unit.
- Quizzes and recall activities are planned into the timetable to ensure children’s learning is retained.
- Learning is adapted to make it as accessible as possible for SEND pupils.
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:
- Pupil discussions about their learning.
- By analysing work in children’s books and matching this to the key knowledge that they need to remember at each stage of their learning, based on planning overviews.
- An understanding in pupils of how each unit of work links or builds on another.
- Regular quizzes and recall sessions.
- Assessed reflection of standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
We aim for children to retain knowledge that is pertinent to science with a real life context, they will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge, work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment and they will be able to explain the process they have taken whilst being able to reason scientifically.
At St Giles, we strive to ensure that children are equipped with the scientific knowledge and skills that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about science and the world around them, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.