Our Science curriculum aims to provide all children with rich and exciting experiences to develop their scientific thinking and understanding and carry this on towards a life-long love of the subject.
Our Vision of Science
At Woodlands, we believe that, as our children are living in a highly scientific and technological world, it is essential that we ensure that they acquire and develop the scientific skills, attitude, knowledge and understanding that they need to understand the world around them. We believe that Science is important because it is a body of knowledge essential to understanding the world around us. It has built up a methodology for thinking that forms the basis of intellectual inquiry.
High-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods and uses of Science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, they should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how key foundational knowledge and concepts can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. This foundational understanding should be consolidated through the appreciation of specific applications in society and the economy.
Science stimulates and excites pupils' wonder about phenomena and events in the world around them. It satisfies their curiosity with knowledge, and it is concerned with observing, questioning, experimenting, deducing and reaching conclusions about what has happened based on evidence.
We aim to equip pupils with cultural capital, preparing children with the essential technical knowledge and skills for what comes next. The exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Through this journey, children develop new forms of cultural capital that make a difference in individual mindsets, which consequently shapes their future.
Science is a core subject within the National Curriculum. The aims of teaching Science at Woodlands Primary School are consistent with our School Mission Statement and consider the requirements set by the current National Curriculum. All children are entitled to access to the programmes of study at a level appropriate to the individual child's needs, and we aim to develop the whole person by giving our children opportunities to reach their full potential in Science.
Our Science Curriculum, in line with the National Curriculum, ensures that all pupils:
• develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
• develop an 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
• are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science today and in the future.
• plan and carry out scientific investigations, using equipment (including computers) correctly;
• know and understand the life processes of living things;
• know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, light, sound, and natural forces;
• know about the nature of the solar system, including the earth;
• evaluate evidence, and present their conclusions clearly and accurately.
Each year, the children will cover the main components of scientific investigation: planning investigations, recording and analysing data and evaluating the investigation process. They will do this by engaging and fascinating practical activities, where everyone has the opportunity to take an active role in hands-on Science, which brings their learning to life. Each year, they will delve into three new topics, covering biology, chemistry and physics.
All year groups in each key stage explore the same topic in their way and at their level. In doing this, we want to promote the sharing of scientific knowledge and experiences and see children from mixed classes and year groups holding conversations about the investigations and their shared learning that has taken place or up-coming when outside of their classrooms. By the end of their key stage, all children will not only have covered the national curriculum requirements, but with our curriculum, they will have extended and enhanced their learning and love for Science to new heights.
During the Foundation Stage, young pupils are given the opportunities within the Understanding the World to find out more about the world in which they live. We teach Science in the reception classes as an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the scientific aspects of the children's work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs), which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. Science makes a significant contribution to developing a child's knowledge and understanding of the world.
The programmes of study are taught through a sequence of knowledge and concepts. While pupils must make progress, it is also vitally important to develop a secure understanding of each fundamental block of knowledge and ideas to progress to the next stage. Insecure, superficial understanding will not allow genuine progression: pupils may struggle at key points of transition (such as between primary and secondary school), build up serious misconceptions, and/or have significant difficulties understanding higher-order content.
At Woodlands, there is a whole school ethos of understanding and caring for the world around us and understanding our responsibility towards the immediate and broader environment and community. We recognise the extensive school grounds which support our zest for this subject.
Many visitors, visits and resources are employed to enhance our curriculum to its maximum. A rich resource curriculum allows us to inspire and effectively meet the requirements of the EYFS Framework and the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.
Science teaches an understanding of natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate child's curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. It teaches methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and appreciate how Science will affect the future on a personal, national, and global level.
At Woodlands, we believe passionately about developing children's independence, teamwork and collaboration in Science. Children work scientifically in groups; each person has a purposeful role and works together to solve real-life problems. By giving children this freedom to make mistakes and work together, they can develop critical skills such as accuracy and precision. By continually questioning the experimental design, children can leave Woodlands with a high level of critical and evaluative thinking that can be transferred to all curriculum areas.
Children are naturally curious and passionate about learning. At Woodlands Primary School, we provide a stimulating science curriculum that nurtures this curiosity and allows pupils to ask questions and develop the skills they need to answer those questions. We believe that Science in the primary classroom should enable pupils to investigate problems, learn how and why Science works and discover why science matters in the world. Through a hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum, children will experience the joy of having wonderful ideas that they can explore and investigate. They will experience the joy of 'finding things out' whilst nurturing their natural curiosity and intellectual development.
A dual curriculum approach following the school closure in March 2020 and January 2021 ensured that Science continued to be delivered in a way that reflected the subject's vision and strategy for learning.