- To ensure children learn and remember scientific knowledge.
- To allow children build on prior knowledge through a carefully sequenced and progressive curriculum.
- For all children to be exposed to the five enquiry approaches that children need to learn to recognise and use:
- fair testing
- observing over time
- pattern seeking
- identifying and classifying
- research using secondary sources
- For all children to record data and express it in an age appropriate way. Using mathematical skills to collect, present and analyse.
- For all children to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the teaching of biology, chemistry and physics.
- For all children to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
- For all children to build up a specialist vocabulary which they can use to build secure foundations by using discussion and remedying misconceptions.
- Staff will use research around cognitive science to help children learn and remember more.
- Staff will check understanding through spaced retrieval exercises.
- Weekly lessons aiming to provide two hours of science per week.
- A progression of skills and objectives built upon to ensure children will develop as enquiring scientists.
- Long term plan followed to ensure coverage of units of work, followed in line with the guidelines set out in the NC.
- Linking STEM subjects so that children learn the real world applications of their learning.
- Use STEM themed class books across the school classes to promote discussion.
- Invite parents into school to share what the children have been learning during whole school science events.
- Children are provided with opportunities beyond the National curriculum to further and support their understanding through visitors and visits to further and higher education institutions.
- Through learning about local STEM employers within their local community, country and the wider world, children are able to gain a deeper appreciation for scientific opportunities open to them, raising aspirations and promoting a life long love of science.
- Children have the opportunity to discuss and share their own ideas and observations, and learn how to record and share experimental results with their peers and families.
- Children have the opportunity to learn about and experience the science festivals and celebrations of science such as British Science Week.