Ashley C of E Primary School

Science

Intent

At Ashley, we believe that we have a responsibility to stimulate and build on children’s natural curiosity, awe and wonder of the world we live in. Science is not only about learning facts, but also about being led towards discoveries. In this modern world, where we are faced with many global issues, science has the power to influence a generation’s behaviours and attitudes.

We aim to equip children with the skills and knowledge necessary to question the world, investigate how and why things happen as they do and be able to confidently explain their reasoning. Our children use first-hand experiences and investigations to explore, discover and gain scientific knowledge.

We want to enable our children to gain perspective in the importance of protecting the very fine balance of science and nature which will also foster responsible attitudes towards the environment and all living things.

Implementation 

The science curriculum at Ashley follows the National Curriculum 2014 and is taught primarily through our learning enquiry lessons which also link to our Harmony principles. It consists of a sequence of knowledge and concepts in biology, chemistry and physics and aims to ensure secure understanding at each stage in order to progress to the next. Pupils are taught to describe processes and key characteristics in common language, as well as technical terminology, accurately and precisely. The science curriculum is also designed to ensure that children progress in ‘Working scientifically’. They learn to use a variety of approaches to answer scientific questions, including: observing over time; pattern seeking; identifying, classifying and grouping; comparative and fair testing (controlled investigations); and researching using secondary sources. Pupils also seek answers to questions through collecting, analysing and presenting data.

Teachers use a range of sources when planning their lessons, including the Kent Scheme of Work for Primary Science. This resource is particularly useful for planning engaging practical activities that embed ‘working scientifically’ skills; considering the type of recording required; accessing information on key scientists relevant to the area of study; communicating clear and concise subject knowledge and considering potential misconceptions.

We are blessed with fantastic grounds and use these to incorporate outdoor learning opportunities when possible in order to gain insight into real life science such as living things and their habitats, the water cycle, food chains, plants and materials. Our apiary, situated in our Forest School area, is used to promote sustainability; give the children a practical understanding of bee-keeping and learn about the impact of bees on our environment. Children’s experiences of science at Ashley also include STEM weeks, where specialists from the industry are invited to share their skills with different year groups.

Impact

In line with our Harmony Curriculum, we want to develop children’s understanding of the responsibility we all have to keep our natural and scientific world working in harmony with each other, without upsetting the balance. Teaching children the value of science, in such a way, prepares them for their future on our planet.

We develop much learning through practical experiences, which are then reinforced using secondary resources and teaching, ensuring our children are not just Secondary ready, but world ready. Our hope is that Ashley children understand that they have the opportunity to be part of the solution and not the problem: that their future discoveries, innovations and inventions could one day lead to genuine, positive change in the world!

Curriculum map and progression documents

Curriculum Map (Currently being updated) Working Scientifically - Progression of Skills