At St Gregory’s, we recognise the prominence of science in our curriculum and everyday lives as we navigate the wonderful world that God has given us. In line with National Curriculum aims, our Science curriculum offers children opportunities to develop and foster a wealth of scientific knowledge, vocabulary and enquiry skills as they progress from EYFS to KS1 to KS2. In addition, we aspire to teach lessons that spark curiosity and enjoyment, leading to a lifelong appreciation for science, so the children can continue to explore the world with a scientific mindset long after they depart St Gregory’s.
Science is taught in KS1 and KS2 weekly with lessons planned to engage and promote active and curious learners through enquiry-based learning. Our carefully planned curriculum ensure coverage and whole school progression of substantive knowledge through a variety of topics such as: animals, including humans; electricity and light; evolution and inheritance; and Earth and space. In addition, knowledge organisers are utilised within each unit to support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts, concepts and vocabulary.
Science lessons are also rooted in the teaching and application of disciplinary knowledge, also known as enquiry skills. During practical lessons, children are given the opportunities to master these skills with a range of equipment, with each lesson having a skill foci to ensure coverage of each skill throughout the unit and their school career. During KS1, the children’s application of the enquiry skills may be more supported, with the goal of them developing independence as they progress into KS2.
Teachers use precise questioning in class to test knowledge and skills and assess regularly to identify those children who need support in achieving their full potential.
Science in EYFS:
Within the EYFS framework, ‘Understanding the World’ is one of the key areas of learning and development and has clear links to science. It involves helping children to make sense of their physical world and their community through exploration and observation of people, places, technology and the environment.
Examples of provision in EYFS that has inspired scientific thinking includes:
- Cooking – which lays the foundation and experiences for understanding irreversible changes (Year 4) and also, electricity (Year 4)
- Exploring the size of puddles – which lays the foundation of understanding parts of the water cycle (Year 4) and how water travels.
- Exploring the outside environment at different time of the year – lays the foundations for understanding seasons and seasonal changes (Year 1)
As a result of our curriculum, children at St Gregory’s develop a love of science and an increased understanding of the impact that the subject can have on their own and others’ lives. They can demonstrate a clear progression of knowledge and skills in Science and have an understanding of how Science can be used to benefit society.
Our teaching ensures that they become resourceful learners who develop independent thinking and questioning skills by the time they leave our school and they go to secondary school with a good scientific knowledge on which to base their deeper learning. In addition, our children also develop an understanding of the importance of caring for the environment and being stewards of our wonderful world.
Teachers feel confident to assess in science through formative and summative assessment during and after the unit which alongside discussions and written work, support accuracy of data.