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Science

 

At St George’s the Science curriculum provides pupils with a deep understanding of the world around them through the acquisition of scientific skills and knowledge. Our curriculum is broad and differentiated; it develops pupils knowledge, skills and vocabulary in an ethos that fosters a love of Science and encourages their curiosity.

 

Intent

  • Develop scientific enquiry through practical work observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning, hypothesising, precise measurement and technological skills.
  • Enable pupils to recognise that the world around them is continually changing and developing.
  • Feel passion for and gain enjoyment from their scientific work.
  • Equip pupils with topic specific vocabulary, which enables them to discuss and explain their scientific understanding.

 

Implementation

Teachers plan and teach Science at St George’s using the Kent Primary Science Scheme, adapting it to include cross-curricular links. Before planning a unit of work, teachers assess pupil’s prior knowledge and understanding to ensure tasks are differentiated appropriately. Lessons are taught using practical activities, knowledge based lessons and investigative centered learning.  Teaching key subject specific vocabulary is a cornerstone of our Science curriculum.

At St George’s, we provide many opportunities for Science learning inside and outside the classroom. Annually, we host a Science week, which gives children the opportunity to take part in a range of engaging activities, linked to different areas of Science. Teachers also organise educational visits to museums to support units of study. At St George’s we foster ‘independent learning’ that builds on what pupils are taught at school through half termly cross-curricular projects linked to different areas of the curriculum including Science. These are presented to the school community to celebrate pupils successes.

 

Impact

The impact of Science is monitored throughout the year by SLT and the subject leader by reviewing pupil’s work within the context of the class and the whole school to establish there is progression of knowledge and skills. Pupils progress is recognised by pre-assessing children’s understanding of unit linked vocabulary and subject knowledge and an end of unit assessment of knowledge and skills objectives introduced before the unit is taught. 

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