Science teaching at Chadsmead Primary Academy aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, in the past, present and future. Due to various backgrounds our children come from, all children are encouraged to develop and foster a natural curiosity of the world around them.
At Chadsmead Primary Academy, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each theme the children study and these skills are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. National Curriculum Programmes of Study are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. Children build upon their prior knowledge which increases their enthusiasm for the learning whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
Our Nursery and Reception children actively participate during engaging scientific activities during their continuous provision, where they begin to develop an understanding of the world around them and gain the essential scientific knowledge and skills they need as they begin their curriculum journey.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. They are given the opportunity to develop and use a range of essential skills. These are applied twice during a theme, with specific focus on working scientifically. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged.
If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against a progressive ‘essential skills’ ladder
- A carefully mapped Science curriculum;
- Pupil discussions about their learning;
- Visits to lessons and dialogue with teaching staff.