Science

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At High Halstow, the Science Curriculum is planned to provide all students, including disadvantaged and SEN, the knowledge and skills to succeed in the future and in their careers.

This allows for children to be reflective, open minded thinkers, that will leave Primary school with the skills needed to prepare them for the transition to Secondary school.

Throughout the transdisciplinary themes of the IB framework, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit and across each year group, as well as the application of scientific skills.

We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. They will continue to ask questions and be curious about their surroundings.

  • Teachers have good curriculum knowledge and leaders are able to provide support if needed.
  • They  are creative and practical in their approach to teaching, with the ability to support children in retaining knowledge. Their learning and skill development is built upon from the previous year.
  • As the children’s knowledge increases, they are able to select scientific equipment, collate results and become confident in drawing conclusions.
  • By creating a positive attitude to science learning, teachers also reinforce the high expectations of achieving high standards in Science. This is done by encouraging children to solve problems, think creatively and ask their own questions.
  • Teachers are also able to support pupils in thinking scientifically as well as retaining long term knowledge.
  • Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons. Working Scientifically skills are demonstrated to embed scientific understanding.
  • New vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching.
  • Science is evident in the environment and teachers use practical equipment  to engage their learners.
  • Extra curricular activities, visits and visitors are offered to complement the curriculum. Events, such as Science week, also give children the provision to apply their knowledge and skills.
  • Children are able to talk confidently about both their Science knowledge and their thinking skills.
  • Teachers are also able to discuss their learners’ skills in science and how they can think scientifically.
  • There are opportunities for real time feedback in Science in order for children to reach their full potential.
  • Curriculum coverage  and pupils’ development in skills is evident in children’s books, which allows for breadth and depth to be shown.
  • Engaging, and high quality science lessons provide children with the knowledge they need for understanding the world.