Science

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Being a scientist at Bluecoat...

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.  We aim to deliver a curriculum which provides the foundations of science through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics where children explore and experiment to develop a purposeful and long lasting understanding of the world around them.

Intent

At Bluecoat Primary we have a Science curriculum which is purposeful, inspiring and practical. We understand that Science is more than just knowledge; it involves hypothesising,  investigating, observing, evaluating, recording and analysing.

Implementation

Science in the Early Years Foundation Stage  is covered in the ‘Understanding the World’ area of the EYFS Curriculum.  It is introduced indirectly through activities that encourage every child  to explore, problem solve, observe, predict, think, make decisions and talk about the world  around them.    

During  their first years at school our children will explore creatures, people, plants and objects in their  natural environments.  They will observe and manipulate objects and materials to identify  differences and similarities.  They will also learn to use their senses, for example to feel different textures or listen to sounds in nature. They will observe animals and  plants and explain why some things might occur and talk about changes. Children will be encouraged to ask questions about why things happen and how things work. Children will be asked questions about what they think will happen to help them communicate, plan,  investigate, record and evaluate findings.

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 we aim to build on these early experiences of science and scientific thinking always encouraging our learners to question and investigate. To implement our science curriculum at Bluecoat we will:

Impact

Children at our school enjoy learning science. They have a broad and varied experience of science when at Bluecoat school with National Curriculum coverage ensured through the use of Curriculum Maestro. Year 6 children will leave Bluecoat Primary equipped with the skills, knowledge and love of science required to progress to KS3. 

Pupils’ skills and knowledge are assessed regularly by the class teacher, using formative assessment during lessons including  pupils’ evaluations, answers to key questions and topic discussions. We are developing a ‘Flashback 5’ questioning scheme to ensure children can recall knowledge from previous scientific learning. As part of our planning, we ensure that ‘Dive deeper’ questions are posed to enable children to deepen their understanding in lessons.

The teaching and learning of science is also monitored through book scrutinies, pupil conferencing, learning walks and lesson observations.