Science

Intent

At Heytesbury C of E Primary School, it is our aim that children leave the school with a good understanding of the world around us. We hope to inspire the next generation of scientists and instill them with scientific knowledge and skills that they can use in these rapidly changing times. We aim to stimulate the children’s curiosity through practical experiments and help them to ask questions that challenge the status quo. We want to ensure that key scientific principles are taught consistently, providing the building blocks for future learning. 

Science at Heytesbury C of E Primary School is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working, enabling them to make sense of the world in which they live through the application of knowledge and skills.

 

Implementation

To ensure high principles of teaching and learning in science, we use the National Curriculum and the Early Years Framework along with Rising Stars scheme of work for Science to implement a curriculum that is progressive through the whole school. The children follow a rolling science program which ensure full coverage of the national curriculum programs of study for Science 2014 and understanding of the world in the early years and foundation stage. 

Science teaching at Heytesbury C of E Primary School involves adjusting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Where possible, Science is linked to the class focus of the term and is a part of the big question for the term. Science is taught consistently, once a week as discrete units and lessons to ensure coverage.

 

Impact

The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.

Our Science curriculum will result in children having: A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills. A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts and comprehend new knowledge or skills through reading or discussion with others. A curiosity for the world around them which will enable them to be inquisitive and question new concepts which come their way.