Science is studied throughout the school, in units of either a term or a half term. We believe we are not just teaching science, but teaching the children how to be scientists, and equipping them with the skills needed to work scientifically to a high standard.
We want children to enjoy being curious in their lessons. Whilst gaining a core knowledge of areas, children will be raising questions for investigation and testing their theories using five types of enquiry: observing changes over time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying, fair and comparative testing, and conducting secondary research.
Each year group study at least 5 different topics over the year in weekly Science lessons. Within each topic they will be taught the necessary skills for planning, doing and reviewing investigations.
Teachers evaluate if children are working at the required standard through ongoing formative assessment, which can take into account written work, oral discussion, practical investigations and presentations. They check knowledge is embedded by recapping prior knowledge during starters or using deeper questioning at the end of a lesson to confirm understanding. The subject co-ordinator monitors standards in science through work scrutiny and learning walks.