It is our intention at Flora Gardens Primary School to develop a lifelong curiosity and interest in the Sciences in all young people. 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. The PlanIt Science scheme of work ensures that children have a varied, progressive and well-mapped-out science curriculum that provides the opportunity for progression across the full breadth of the science national curriculum, starting with EYFS through to KS1 and KS2.
The acquisition of key scientific knowledge is an integral part of our science lessons. Each half term the Science Lead plans and delivers the curriculum from Years 1-6 through a consistent, subject specialist approach -
- A wider curriculum overview map that ensures each year group builds on the previous;
- A comprehensive Medium Term Plan that includes progression statements and Working Scientifically skills for Science taught within that Topic that half term and additional non-statutory content to enhance cultural capital;
- A dedicated Science knowledge organiser that outlines the key knowledge and skills that the children will be learning that half term;
- A series of lessons that build on the prior ones and careful consideration for revisiting knowledge, progression and depth. These lessons are taken from the PlanIt schemes of Work where applicable and have been chosen to match Topics where possible; with additional content at the discretion of the Science Lead based on children’s’ interests and current events and open-ended enquiry questions where applicable;
- A Science Topic Quiz for each year group each half term - being used as an informal, low-stakes way of assessing children’s learning each half term;
- An annual whole-school Science Day dedicated to celebrating STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – where Science is one of the components that underpin the entire day.
At Flora Gardens School, progress is measured through a child’s ability to know more, remember more and explain/do more. This can be measured in different ways in our units.
- The use of green key questions ensures opportunities are built into the lesson for ongoing assessment.
- Pupil evaluations of each half-termly Science topic that are used to inform future curriculum design and evaluating the effectiveness of the curriculum
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes through informal tracking of subject progressions;
- Termly Science Assessments using the age-appropriate Subject Progressions;
- A Portfolio of ‘wider curriculum’ opportunities and cultural capital within the Curriculum Scrapbooks.