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Science

Intent

  • At Abel Smith we want pupils to develop a lifelong curiosity and interest in the sciences. When planning for the science curriculum, we intend for children to have the opportunity, wherever possible, to learn through varied systematic investigations, leading to them being equipped for life to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them.

  • As children progress through the year groups, they build on their skills in working scientifically, as well as on their scientific knowledge, as they develop greater independence in planning and carrying out fair and comparative tests to answer a range of scientific questions.

  • We want Abel Smith Children to be equipped with a broad scientific vocabulary that is progressive throughout the school.

Implementation

  • Science is taught weekly.
  • Science is taught as set out by the year group requirements of the National Curriculum. This is a strategy to enable the accumulation of knowledge and allows progress in repeated topics through the years.
  • Enquiry based curriculum with 'Working Scientifically' throughout. In KS2 pupils will concentrate on one science skill per term. Term 1 will be dedicated to planning investigations, Term 2 to results gathering and analysis, and Term 3 will be spent evaluating practical work. Although each skill is related and there are links between them, there is minimum crossover as they are taught, so each becomes firmly embedded.
  • EYFS entwine science around their ‘understanding of the world’. Science is delivered through the children opportunities in learning through play and adult led sessions.  
  • 4-5 topics covered each year based on year group.​

Impact

  • We fully encourage pupils to enjoy and value the science curriculum we deliver. Asking the ‘why?’ behind the learning is equally important as the ‘how?’ and this is something we endeavour to implement consistently. The learners will discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact that science has on them, their community and the world around them.
  • The way in which we aim to deliver our science curriculum will support the children and increase in the profile of science. The learning environment across the school will be more consistent with science technical vocabulary displayed, spoken and used by all learners. 
  • Children who feel confident in their science knowledge and enquiry skills will be excited about science, show that they are actively curious to learn more and will see the relevance of what they learn in science lessons to real-life situations and also the importance of science in the real world.​
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