At Flowery Field, we want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them. Our curriculum has been developed by staff to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum and to foster a sense of wonder about natural phenomena. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment. Throughout our school, children are encouraged to develop and use a range of scientific skills including planning, conducting and evaluating. We promote and celebrate these skills. Pupils will become familiar with, and use technical terminology accurately and precisely: scientific language is to be taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across key stages. We intend to provide all children with a broad and balanced science curriculum, which will equip them for the world around them today and for the future.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science teaching at Flowery Field Primary School involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Where possible, Science is linked to class topics, however it can be taught as discrete units and lessons where needed to ensure coverage.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
- Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
- Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
- Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
- Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
- Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, and perseverance and developing their planning, conducting and evaluating skills.
- Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
- Develop the use of IT in investigating and recording.
- Make links between science and other subjects.
Science is taught consistently, and is often discretely taught in many different contexts throughout all areas of the curriculum. For example, through English, i.e. biography of a famous scientist’s life,
Flowery Field’s approach results in a fun, engaging, high-quality Science curriculum providing children with the foundation and knowledge for understanding the world around them. Using links to STEM and frequent, progressive learning, pupils will have:
- A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
- A richer vocabulary, which will enable them to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
The Science team, which comprises a member from each phase, monitor the study of Science (as part of the school’s monitoring cycle) using a range of strategies. Book scrutiny will take place after the completion of the science unit. The team look for evidence in the books and cross- reference them with the objectives for the year group. These are then matched to ensure complete coverage.