The 2015 National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all children:
• 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 Science 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.
At St Laurence, 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. We believe Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. 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. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the School so that they can apply their knowledge of Science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently and continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings. In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, Science at St Laurence is taught each half-term through block sessions either as part of the IPC linked or as discrete lessons to ensure all learning goals are addressed. For example, through English, writing a letter to a local politician regarding the closure of a park to build more houses or a biography of a famous Scientist’s life. In Early years, Science is taught through the children learning about the world around them in their learning through play.
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. Science is taught with the support of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). IPC's thematic units of learning are designed to appeal to children’s interests and help them to learn more about the world around them. Through St Laurence Catholic Primary School Science Curriculum Statement 2021 3 our planning, we involve problem solving opportunities that allow children to find out for themselves. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. This curiosity is celebrated within the classroom. Planning involves Teachers creating engaging lessons, often involving high-quality resources to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning, so that all children keep up. We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence. Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s School career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics. Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and workshops with experts. Children are offered a wide range of extracurricular activities, visits, trips and visitors to complement and broaden the curriculum. These are purposeful and link with the knowledge being taught in class.
The successful approach at St Laurence results in a fun, engaging, high-quality Science education that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Our engagement with the local environment, including our own forest, pond and vegetable garden as well as links with the local allotments, ensures that children learn through varied and first hand experiences of the world around them. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning outside the classroom is embedded throughout the Science curriculum. Through various workshops, trips and interactions with local charities and experts, including Scientists from ‘Solar for Schools’, children have the understanding that Science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Children learn the possibilities for careers in Science, as a result of our connection with national companies such Johnson Matthey, where children learn from and work with professionals, ensuring they have access to positive role models within the field of Science from the immediate and wider local community. St Laurence Catholic Primary School Science Curriculum Statement 2021 4 Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of Science and to motivate learners.