What is taught?
At Toft Hill Primary, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. As one of the core subjects taught in primary schools, we give the learning of Science the prominence it requires.
We follow the National Curriculum for Science, which aims to ensure that all children:
· 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 skills required to understand the uses an implications of science, today and for the future.
We teach science progressively through sharing of key knowledge and the skills of working scientifically. We teach the importance of asking scientific questions about the world in which we live and investigating to find the answers. We aim to develop children’s curiosity, positive attitudes and engage them in exploring the science in the world around them and promoting respect for the living and non-living.
How is science taught?
When teaching science, we see it as essential that there is a clear progression of skills and knowledge. Throughout the different year groups, we have a focus on practical science which allows children to explore and discover. Planning focuses on working scientifically to investigate questions and develop the vocabulary that the children should know. Teaching and learning can take place inside and outside the classroom so children can experience science in the world around them.
“Progress means knowing more and remembering more.” OFSTED
Teachers approach topics in different ways depending on the topic being taught:
- Topics may be blocked and taught across most afternoons for a 2/3 week period.
- Science could be taught once a week for a number of weeks.
Why is science taught in this way?
The science curriculum is taught this way at Toft Hill to allow children to have time to explore, by having the opportunity of hands on practical experiences, and investigate the science needed to answer the questions raised. The main reasons for teaching science this way is that by the end of KS2 pupils are able to:
- Explore and discover the science in the world around them.
- Develop their curiosity and to ask questions.
- Use the skills they need to find answers to their own questions.
- Independently apply their skills to find the answers.
Our Curriculum documents