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Curriculum Intent

At Wooburn Green Primary School, we recognise the importance of Science in every aspect of daily life. We give the teaching and learning of Science the prominence it requires as one of the core subjects taught in Primary Schools.

 

As an area of learning, Science is concerned with increasing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of our world, and with developing skills associated with Science as a process of enquiry. It will develop the natural curiosity of the child, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence.

 

We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are developed and extended throughout children’s time at the school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and confidently explaining scientific concepts.

Curriculum Content

The National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science describes a sequence of knowledge and concepts, processes and methods. This sequence of knowledge and concepts is arranged as progressive blocks of key ideas in biology, chemistry and physics, alongside a progression in the skills of working scientifically.

 

The conceptual ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics build on each other and children need to develop a strong understanding of each set of ideas in order for the next set to make sense and for them to make progress. The Programme of Study is set out year by year for Key stages 1 and 2 but each science topic is not covered in every year. It is therefore important that teachers and children know where each block of ideas fits into the overall sequence.

 

The link below shows Progression Charts where the key ideas within Biology, Chemistry and Physics in the National Curriculum are arranged to show how they are related to each other and how one idea builds on another. The National Curriculum statements have been edited into key ideas statements. The source of each key idea is identified by the year group and the Programme of Study topic heading. Some additional statements have been added to make important links between ideas.

Curriculum Implementation

Wooburn Green uses the Collins Snap Science scheme to provide a structured and coherent programme of learning that builds progressively through each year.

 

Snap Science is a dynamic toolkit for teaching the science curriculum. A wealth of supporting digital assets (including videos, animations and slideshows) is provided for every Snap Science lesson to ensure they are rich, lively and engaging.

 

Teachers supplement this with other practical experiences of working scientifically. We aim to inspire and excite children with such activities so that they view scientific learning positively.

Year

AUTUMN TERM

SPRING TERM

SUMMER TERM

1

Sensing Seasons

Everyday materials

Looking At Animals

Animal Antics

Plant detectives

Plants

2

Good Choices (Materials)

Shaping Up (Materials)

The Apprentice Gardener

What Is In Your Habitat?

 Taking care

(Health)

Growing Up

3

Rock Detectives

Amazing Bodies

The Power of Forces

How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow

Can You See Me?

4

Good Vibrations

(sound)

Who Am I?

(classifying living things)

Where Does All That Food Go?

Human Impact

In A State

(changes of state)

Switched On

(electricity)

5

Circle Of Life

(life cycles)

Reproduction in Plants and Animals

Everyday Materials

Marvellous mixtures / All Change

Feel The Force

The Earth and Beyond

6

The Nature Library

(classifying living things)

Body Pump

(circulatory system)

Everything Changes / Our Changing World

Danger: Low Voltage

(electricity)

Light Up Your World

(light and shadows)

Body Health

The links below will take you to the relevant sections of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science for each year group.

Assessment Information

The most important assessments teachers make are during science lessons, as teachers observe, question children and check children’s work. This helps teachers decide how to support and challenge children as they learn.

 

Children are also assessed using Snap Science end of unit tests. This helps teachers understand how much progress towards the key learning of the National Curriculum each child has made and helps the school as a whole understand how successful its science curriculum is.

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