Curriculum Statement- Science at Arundel Court
Our intent is to increase pupils' knowledge and understanding and develop their inquiry skills. We want children to develop a natural curiosity for the world, its natural processes and all living things within. In addition to this, we want children to work analytically, methodically and, above all, enthusiastically. We want to build excitement around Science in a world that relies on it more than ever. We want to recognise and celebrate scientists as heroes.
Science is either taught in blocked units or weekly, dependent on need. Our science planning adheres to the national curriculum and separate strands within each year group will inform the next. The National Curriculum sets out the different progression skills and we have fostered this to ensure the children build on what they know, year on year. For example, materials (which is taught in most year groups) will start from ground level in Year 1, will build and add to that knowledge in Year 2 and so on until Year 6. By the end of their Arundel Court journey, we want children to be ready for secondary science and all that entails.
Teaching in Science is engaging, exciting and relevant to the real world. Practical, scientific skills are developed and honed and lessons encourage additional qualities such as teamwork and resilience. Teachers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and are regularly monitored by a dedicated Science team who also regularly scrutinise children’s work across all year groups.
The science team is made up of two experienced practitioners who have been through the ‘deep dive’ process and who understand what good science practice entails. Staff know that they will be supported by these subject leads through their planning and CPD.
By the end of Key Stage 2, children will know how to raise questions about working scientifically and plan and carry out scientific investigations in a variety of contexts and how to report scientific findings with both verbal and written explanations. Their knowledge base will include units encompassing biology, chemistry and physics: different types of plants, animals, humans, insects and the life processes they share, organisms coming into existence, adapting, changing and evolving and becoming extinct. They will study a range of materials, their properties, uses and how they may be altered or changed. They will examine what causes motion, learn how light and reflection affect sight, learn about electricity and even go beyond our very planet when they study the solar system.