Intent – What do we aspire for our children?
Our Curriculum Intent for Science
At Cuddington, Science is an inspiring and practical subject where children are encouraged to develop their natural curiosity: to ask questions and find answers. Our progressive curriculum, which encourages the children to question the world around them, enables each child to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
As they progress through our curriculum, children will develop disciplinary knowledge (scientific skills) to enable them to work scientifically. Essential to this process is the development of scientific vocabulary. They will be encouraged to use appropriate vocabulary accurately, both when speaking and in their writing. As they progress through school, they will be able to recognise different types of scientific enquiry and plan when to use them. At every stage, children will be encouraged to communicate scientific concepts clearly and accurately, linking their understanding to the world around them.
Throughout each unit, links are made with the wider curriculum, particularly in maths, reading, writing and the use of ICT. Children will have opportunities to extend their writing to encompass a range of genre and read for information, for research and for pleasure.
Implementation – How Will We Deliver the Curriculum?
Each unit is underpinned by a knowledge organiser which ensures that knowledge, conceptual understanding and the skills to work scientifically are developed integrally.
Where possible, we use our school grounds to enhance learning in a natural environment. Visiting scientists, relevant trips and Science days are planned to enhance what is happening in the classroom.
Plan Assessment and Tig Tag are the vehicles used to deliver the curriculum alongside teacher experience, visiting scientists and relevant trips.
Golden Eco threads
We have identified a set of key eco–themed concepts or ‘golden threads’, that children will revisit throughout their time at Cuddington. Our golden threads are aligned with the ‘Ten Topics’ put forward by Eco-Schools. By doing this, we aim to keep environmental issues at the forefront of our science curriculum. For example, the biodiversity thread is covered in EYFS where the children grow plants in their sensory garden. This thread is revisited in Year 1 through the study of Seasons, in Year 2 (Animals and their Habitats), in Lower Key Stage 2 (Plants) and in Upper Key Stage 2 (Living Things and their Habitat).
The table below illustrates how the scientific disciplines are broken down. This is followed by a unit overview for each year group, identifying where both knowledge and working scientifically are taught, and finally, planning for mixed age groups.
For further information about the science curriculum, please contact Mrs Ward.