Cowley Hill Science Curriculum Statement
The 2014 national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all children:
Children at Cowley Hill will develop an understanding of the world through scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. Children will use reasoning language to support their development of key foundational knowledge and concepts. They are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena, as well as being inquisitive about the world around them. Our Science lessons will teach children to be resourceful, resilient and reflective through investigative and experimental work. The key knowledge identified by each year group is informed by the national curriculum and builds towards identified phase ‘end points’ in accordance with NC expectations.
The curriculum is designed to ensure that children are able to acquire key scientific knowledge and develop working scientifically skills through:
This will lead to children learning to work as scientists, planning and undertaking scientific investigations. Cross curricular opportunities are also identified, mapped and planned to ensure contextual relevance. Children are encouraged to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings and a love of science is nurtured through a whole school ethos and a varied science curriculum.
We aim to equip pupils with cultural capital, preparing children with the essential scientific knowledge and skills for what comes next. The exploration of new skills and experiences helps to nurture resilience, curiosity and creativity. Through this journey, children develop new forms of cultural capital that makes a difference in individual mind-sets, which consequently shapes their future.
Across each phase (Foundation stage, KS1 and KS2), children will be taught the whole range of knowledge objectives and are given the chance to develop the appropriate ‘working scientifically’ skills, as set out by The National Curriculum. Teacher plans create a rigorous and robust curriculum delivering key knowledge throughout a progressive systematic approach that fosters an awakening of the world and its workings. The use of whole-school progression map, ensures that teachers are aware of the prior knowledge before planning units and individual lessons. Our Science curriculum, includes varied learning and excellent progression in scientific knowledge, skills and understanding throughout.
At Cowley Hill we will make sure that every child has a positive experience of science throughout their primary school education through:
Science is taught consistently, once a week for one hour, but is also discretely taught in many different contexts throughout all areas of the curriculum.
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.
All children will:
The impact of our curriculum is under constant review and development to ensure that it appropriately meets the needs of our children, supporting and challenging pupils to achieve their full potential.
Our curriculum is regularly monitored by: