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Science

At Stanburn, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at the school and beyond. The Science curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in children about our universe and promotes respect for the living and non-living. Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills. The 2014 national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

• Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
• Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
• Are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Intent

• Instil a lifelong love of science within our pupils. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
• Deliver a rich and varied curriculum to challenge and meet the needs of our children. We believe all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
• Pupils learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world
• From EYFS up to KS2 our pupils will build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.
• Provide our children with wider opportunities in science and make links to other subjects.
• Ensure children have a firm understanding of scientific vocabulary which allows them to speak fluently about a topic and be able to give concise and technically accurate answers to questions
• Monitor our schools progress in science regularly, in line with our science policy

Implementation

• Teachers plan and challenge pupils based on the progressive curriculum maps, unique to our school and our needs.
• A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning show progression across all key stages within the strands of Science.
• Children have access to key technical language in order to understand and readily apply it in their written and verbal communication.
• Children use a range of resources to develop their knowledge and understanding that is integral to their learning and develop their understanding of working scientifically.
• Children reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links are made wherever possible
• Children build on prior knowledge and link ideas together, enabling them to question and become enquiry based learners.
• Through enrichment activities, such as ‘STEM Week’ and Stem Fairs, and regular practical activities, we promote the profile of Science and allow time for the children to freely explore scientific ideas
• We closely monitor to ensure pupils make good progress in Science

Impact

Our science curriculum provides our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further. It enables our children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data. It ensures pupils develop positive attitudes to science, building on their natural curiosity.