At Chorlton Park, we deliver a science curriculum which builds on children’s curiosity of the world around them. We ensure that children acquire the key knowledge set out in the National Curriculum and develop a high level of scientific vocabulary. Through different types of enquiry, children develop scientific skills which increase in complexity as children move through school. By the end of KS2, our aim is that children have acquired the necessary scientific knowledge and skills to design, carry out and evaluate their own scientific enquiry to answer their own questions. We encourage children to make connections and where appropriate link our scientific learning to the big idea and other subjects. In science, we ensure that all children are given the opportunity to access, investigate and explore scientific knowledge and enquiry at a level that is appropriate for each individual child’s needs.
Science begins in Early Years, where we provide opportunities for children to build on their own scientific curiosity through continuous provision. Science is embedded in the Early Years curriculum and taught especially through learning about the world around them. Throughout KS1 and KS2, children have weekly science lessons. Science is planned and taught in topic blocks, linked where appropriate to our big idea. The national curriculum provides a structure for mapping out scientific objectives with clear progression and children have the opportunity to build on prior knowledge as they move through school. We use various online programmes and resources to support with the teaching and learning of science across school.
The National Curriculum maps out clear objectives for each year group, which progress year on year. Teachers assess against these objectives on target tracker at the end of each unit, using post learning and reflections to help inform their decisions.
As a school we use TAPS example planning and expected work samples to ensure that we are teaching and assessing at an appropriate level for our year group.
Scientific enquiry based skills are mapped out for each year group on a LT plan, and these skills are cross referenced by children in the front of books so that they are aware of the types of enquiry they are learning.
We have a subject lead who attends training days (STEM, Manchester University) and then provides support and delivers staff meetings to keep staff up to date with the expectations and latest developments in Science teaching and learning. We attend and deliver training sessions for local schools as part of a network group.