Intent of the science curriculum
At Covingham Park Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life and we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires.
We believe that through science pupils will deepen their understanding of the world and all its phenomena. We aim to stimulate curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do; we teach methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal and global level.
Implementation of the science curriculum
At Covingham Park Primary teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following:
- Science is taught in planned and arranged topic blocks by the class teacher to ensure a greater depth of knowledge. Cross-curricular links with other subjects are planned for whenever possible to make learning meaningful and purposeful.
- We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. Our curriculum is carefully mapped out to ensure progression and consolidation. At the beginning of every new topic teachers assess children's understanding of the key knowledge for that topic and this is revisited at the end of each topic.
- Every class has a science display, with key vocabulary for that unit displayed alongside supportive materials. This vocabulary is re-visited continuously.
- Every lesson begins with a science starter to revisit previous learning or address any misconceptions.
- Working Scientifically skills are clearly mapped out and embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed as the children progress through the school.
- 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.
- Regular events, such as Science Week, allow all pupils to come off-timetable, to provide broader provision and the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.
Impact of our science curriculum
Children enjoy learning about science and have a variety of rich sciences experiences. They make good progress in their acquisition of science knowledge and investigative skills.