At The Gateway Primary Academy, science is a key part of our topic based curriculum. We recognise that, ‘A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics’ (The National Curriculum, 2014).
We have worked hard to plan a progressive science curriculum, which meets the needs of our pupils. We teach science through our topic based approach and use discrete units where necessary. One of our key aims of our science teaching is to promote excitement and curiosity through scientific questioning.
Through our curriculum pupils are immersed in the world of scientific discovery, building on their natural curiosity and awe of the natural world. Pupils develop the skills of scientific enquiry, questioning, investigating and build an understanding of the world around them. They learn to appreciate the work of famous scientists and the role they play in today’s world.
Using an investigational approach to learning the strands of Physics, Biology and Chemistry, our Science curriculum is delivered through topics with links to other STEM subjects e.g. Maths and DT. As Scientists, pupils are taught to question, observe, classify, predict, create a fair test and analyse outcomes through a variety of practical investigations linked to topics ensuring science learning is meaningful and fun. Pupils learn key vocabulary/scientific terminology to be able to explain processes and outcomes accurately and through a range of scientific inquiry e.g. observation over time, pattern seeking.
The key aims of our science teaching are:
How will your child be introduced to Science in the early years?
Children in the foundation stage are taught the science elements as indicated in the Development Matters curriculum through “Understanding of the World”. Pupils are given lots of opportunities to experience, explore and investigate, both in the classroom and the outdoor learning area. These may be teacher-led activities or child-initiated learning with continuous provision. Staff ensure that equipment, space and resources help to develop pupils’ curiosity for scientific enquiry and exploration and help children to begin to develop their scientific curiosity that will be enhanced as they go through the school.
How is Science developed across the school?
As scientists, pupils are taught to question, observe, classify, predict, create a fair test and analyse outcomes through a variety of practical investigations linked to topics ensuring Science learning is meaningful and fun. Questioning is a key part of our science teaching and at the beginning of each unit our pupils are encouraged to ask scientific questions and revisit them throughout the unit. Our pupils are actively encouraged to use non-fiction books, search engines and their home learning to develop their Science learning further.
Pupils learn key vocabulary/scientific terminology to be able to explain processes and outcomes accurately and through a range of scientific inquiry e.g. observation over time, pattern seeking. Key vocabulary is carefully planned for, across the school, to ensure children are given the opportunity to revisit and build on previous learning.
Our pupils use our school grounds where possible to develop their first hand experiences in Science, especially when exploring the seasons. We have a wide variety of trees, which supports our pupils in developing their understanding of British trees. We also use trips where possible to enhance our pupils learning in science, for example: Greenwich Planetarium, Horton Kirby (rivers trip).
Please look at our topic webs on the curriculum by class pages for further information on the Science objectives your child will be taught term by term.
Our science curriculum, introduces our pupils to a range of famous scientists from different backgrounds and from different areas of science. We also celebrate different scientists during whole school collective worship and encourage pupils to research them as a part of their home learning. We believe famous scientists can help motivate and inspire our children to grow a desire to explore the world around them.