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Science Curriculum Statement

Intent - What do we aspire for our children? 

At Eaglesfield Paddle CE Primary Academy, Science is a core subject and our broad and balanced curriculum provides the foundations for understanding the world. We do this by immersing children in inspiring and interesting contexts that are relevant and unique to our children and locality. We want our children to foster their excitement and curiosity with opportunities for them to discover, to explore and to experiment both inside and outside of the classroom. Our coherently planned and sequenced curriculum allows all children to work collaboratively, whilst also developing their independence when working scientifically. Our intent is to help every child secure and extend their scientific knowledge and skills, which are developed throughout their time at Eaglesfield Paddle and for them to be prepared for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences later in life. We endeavour that our Science curriculum will not limit children’s ambitions for the future but instead create an awareness of the opportunities that Science provides. We do all of this in conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum.

Implementation - How will we deliver the Science curriculum?

At Eaglesfield Paddle, we ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Science and we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school. Our curriculum is unique to our school and provides children with learning opportunities which are relevant to their lives, whilst also deepening prior learning and being introduced to new concepts.

  • Topics are taught in blocks to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth. Teachers may also choose to visit topics at other times in the year, to allow topics to be explored further.
  • Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills.
  • Each topic, in each year group, has been assigned a relevant scientist. This allows children to see how their learning is linked to ‘real life’. Teacher may embed the chosen scientist within a lesson, or choose to have a specific lesson focussed on the scientist and their achievements.
  • At the start and throughout a topic, teachers will provide opportunities for children to retrieve prior knowledge and skills.
  • Teachers do not use a set scheme of work, and instead use a variety of resources so that learning opportunities are tailored to our children’s interests and needs.
  • Key scientific language, methods and skills are modelled and taught throughout lessons enabling our children to be familiar with and use vocabulary and skills with confidence and accuracy.
  • Children are given a knowledge organiser at the start of each topic which details some key Science Curriculum Statement information, dates and vocabulary. This is not used as part of an assessment, but to support children with their acquisition of knowledge and is used as a reference document.
  • In every lesson, children are aware of their separate knowledge and working scientifically objectives.
  • Children explore, question, predict, plan, carry out investigations and observations as well as conclude their findings.
  • Through using a range of formative and summative teacher assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that each pupil can access the Science curriculum. This also allows for any misconceptions to be identified and addressed.

Impact - How do we know our Science curriculum is effective? 

The impact of the successful delivery of our Science curriculum, will result in outstanding progress and development of skills throughout all of our children’s time at Eaglesfield Paddle CE Primary Academy, with the majority of our children reaching age related expectations. Our children will be able to articulate their understanding of scientific concepts and be able to reason scientifically using rich language linked to science, whilst questioning ideas and reflecting on the prior knowledge. This will be visible in their Science books and also through conversations with our children. Most importantly, our children will be enthusiastic Scientists, who understand how science has and will change our lives, and be inspired to pursue future careers in this field. 

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