At Wold Newton we aim to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum ensuring all pupils have access to the topics covered developing their curiosity for all aspects of science and providing the foundations for understanding of the world around them. Science should provide, where possible, a practical based curriculum which develops scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We also aim to develop the rigours of scientific inquiry in order to answer scientific questions through the cross-curricular application of other subjects in particular maths and English. Pupils are encouraged to use science to explain everyday phenomenon through prediction observation and analysis.
Our science curriculum is taught through a two year cycle as detailed in our school’ long term planning. We develop key investigation skills and knowledge building upon these each year. Both knowledge and skills progress each year and progressively challenge pupils to question and interrogate data and sources. We believe reading and vocabulary development are key skills to learning and development in this and all areas. We encourage experiences through fieldwork and educational visits alongside high quality classroom experiences. We also plan topics which encourage children to apply their curiosity and scientific knowledge to social and economic issues and develop predictions and solutions to social and environmental issues. Where appropriate, we use the skills of outside experts to provide rich learning experiences such as where class 3 apply their learning about micro-organisms with a visiting pathologist and the engaging learning that The Royal Society presented to the whole school and local community.
Pupils should be able to describe the world around them in terms of scientific processes and describe key characteristics in a common language while being familiar with and using technical terminology accurately and precisely. They will also be able to apply skills from other subjects to their understanding of scientific phenomenon. Children will display an enthusiasm and confidence when investigating different scientific topics and be able to apply their learning to other areas.