Our Science Subject Leader is: Mrs Harrison
At Disley Primary School we have an ambitious curriculum that recognises the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught, we give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires. The Scientific area of learning is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry using the 5 types of enquiry: observation over time, identifying and classifying, pattern seeking, research and comparative and fair testing. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.
Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;
- Science is taught linked to the National Curriculum objectives for each Key Stage.
- Year 1 and 2 are taught in Year groups to ensure progression of skills within the units. LKS2 and UKS2 are taught on a 2 yearly cycle covering all the National Curriculum units in the relevant Key Stage.
- Science is taught weekly across all year groups.
- Staff are aware of CPD opportunities to enhance subject knowledge
- Planning is aided using ASE documentation and knowledge mats for each unit which ensure that sticky knowledge and key vocabulary is covered.
- Throughout each unit, problem solving opportunities are planned for, that allow children to investigate. Children are encouraged to ask their own questions and be given opportunities to use their scientific skills and research to discover the answers. Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons to aid understanding of conceptual knowledge. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual knowledge and skills, and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning.
- Learning and skill development is built on each year. As the children’s knowledge and understanding increases, and they become more proficient in selecting, using scientific equipment, collating and interpreting results, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to conclusions based on real evidence.
- Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. This is developed through the years, in-keeping with the topics.
- Teachers demonstrate how to use scientific equipment, and the various Working Scientifically skills in order to embed scientific understanding. They stress the need to work safely and teach children how to use and look after equipment.
- Teachers find opportunities to develop children’s understanding of their surroundings by accessing outdoor learning and using key experts.
Within science, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing opportunities for children to question and investigate to discover answers for themselves and take their learning in a direction they are interested in.
Our science curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills the use of key scientific vocabulary.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Assessing children’s understanding of topic using a written assessment at the end of a unit
- Marking of written work in books
- Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
- Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
- Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice)
- Moderation of books where pupil’s books are scrutinised and feedback given
- Formal reporting of standards at the end of each Key Stage
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum to parents
The science subject leader will continually monitor the impact science teaching is having on the children’s learning through book scrutinies to ensure the progress of knowledge and skills is being taught. They will also ensure the knowledge taught is retained by the children and continually revisited and that the learners are able to apply the skills they have been taught to a variety of different settings, showing independence with their learning.