At Barley Fields Primary, we aim to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically. We plan our teaching themes around the three scientific disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We want children to gain an understanding of scientific processes and an awareness of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and 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.
Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
Our Science Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning which demonstrates progression across the school;
- Tracking of knowledge in pre and post learning activities;
- Pupil discussions about their learning;