SCIENCE
Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of science in Key Stages 1 and 2 
Intent
We strive to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think and work scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science. We believe science should be fun, encourage questioning and develop children’s curiosity.
 
We aim to ensure all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. Development of scientific vocabulary is key as this aids children’s knowledge and understanding not only of the topic they are studying, but of the world around them.
  • There is a whole school focus on tailoring the curriculum to the needs and individual interests of the children in each class - e.g.  teachers make notes on planning sheets as to how the curriculum will be tailored and this also is addressed through the use of KWL charts etc.
  • Children at Sauncey Wood are encouraged to follow their own lines of scientific enquiry and take ownership of how they would like to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Knowledge organisers for Science are on the website to share with parents/carers and vocabulary is reinforced on working walls and on white lab coats , which are displayed in each class. 
  • Home learning provides opportunities for children to do their own research linked to Science and present their work in different ways. 
  • Lessons (and trips when permitted!) are planned to reflect the needs of the school and community, providing experiences for the children to broaden their horizons. 
  • Lessons are planned to build knowledge and skills in an organised way, and to address any gaps in learning.  Planning is adapted daily to ensure it meets the current needs of the class. 

 

Implementation
  • Weekly Science lessons.
  • knowledge organisers to support scientific vocabulary and continued learning at home.
  • An emphasis on learning being fun and engaging. 
  • Hands-on investigations.
  • Researching own curious questions.
  • Increasing outdoor learning.   
  • Children have more choice in how they would like to present their work or show findings. 
  • Cross-curricular links are used e.g. Maths to display data gathered.
  • A range of peer and group learning opportunities.
  • Children use the Internet and library  for research.
  • Science days and visitors for the whole school expose children to new experiences and raise the profile of the subject.
  • Curriculum workshops for parents.
  • Links have been made with local secondary schools for Key Stage 2 children to attend Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths workshops.
Impact
  • Through the use of pupil voice  
  • Annual 'Science Day' - feedback from the children.
  • Book looks across the school and celebrating children's work. 
  • Continual assessment - both formative and summative.
  • Monitoring data and ensuring progression and breadth of coverage.
Learning beyond the classroom
  • Opportunities for research and investigations to try at home, are included in range of Home Learning tasks set for each class.
  • Opportunities for vocabulary to be rehearsed and extended through Knowledge Organisers which can be shared at home.
These websites are full of experiment and investigation ideas which would complement home learning:
Links to other online resources for Science: