The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
At The Lea we believe that equipping our children with both scientific knowledge and skills is key to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. As a core subject in the primary curriculum, science teaching and learning is given the importance it deserves.
Our curriculum is designed to follow the scientific skills and progression laid out in the national curriculum. Children’s learning is broken down into units of work which connect to key learning areas – such as plants or forces. Our carefully designed long term plans ensure that units like plants (which are taught in all year groups) have clear progression and small sequential steps which builds on prior learning. At the end of each unit, children’s understanding of the unit is assessed to ensure that children are constantly moved forward with their learning. In all lessons, key scientific vocabulary is embedded and children are actively encouraged to use it in their spoken language and written work. The majority of lessons will feature a hands-on science experiment to consolidate the learning objective of the lesson and to ensure all children are actively engaged. In promoting the learning of scientific knowledge and ensuring it is committed to long term memory, teachers use a range of high level questioning to scaffold and challenge learners.
Are these statements sometimes, always or never true? Can you explain why?