Our science teaching gives children a strong understanding of the world around them and the ability to think scientifically, so that they gain an understanding of scientific processes and of the uses and implications of science for today and for the future. Science lays the foundations for children’s future ability to understand and critically assess information in the Media and online, and to contribute to informed decisions about health, the environment and technology in society.
We lay the foundations for future science learning through our Early Years curriculum which teaches children to understand and talk about the world around them. We use stories, objects, artefacts and experiences to develop children’s understanding of the natural and physical world, and to give them the concepts and vocabulary they need to discuss their observations and investigations.
We follow the National Curriculum in Science to teach biology, physics and chemistry in a progressive programme of study which systematically revisits and builds upon previous learning. We use the Plan Bee scheme of work to systematically embed core knowledge, but ensure that scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each area of study so that children develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations. They are encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring their scientific questions.
We teach and reinforce specialist vocabulary throughout the Key Stages, developing Oracy so that children are fluent to communicate their scientific ideas. We systematically consolidate prior knowledge whilst embedding procedural and conceptual knowledge into long-term memory. This allows children who join us throughout a Key Stage to ‘backfill’ and knowledge and skills gaps in science.
We ensure that girls as well as boys are confident to engage, experiment and attain in science, using diverse ChangeMakers as role models to promote science as a valid career option for all children.
We work with families to promote science as a career and draw on the scientific and technological resources of Manchester and the North West to broaden children’s horizons and inspire a passion for science.