At Shakespeare, we want our children to become confident, curious, inquisitive scientists. We believe that every child deserves a broad and balanced Science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover their surroundings, so that they gain a deeper understanding of the world around them. To do this we
In each year group, Science is taught for 1.5 hours a week. The curriculum is split into half termly blocks of six topics. Topics are revisited to ensure we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. For example, topics, such as plants, are taught in Key Stage One and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Two. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory. All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific based questions. Specialist vocabulary (rocket words) for topics is taught and built on, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts are taught through a story telling approach to learning through the Developing Experts scheme. Previously taught knowledge is revisited through each lesson by questioning and discussions.
Progress in science will be judged half termly through rocket word quizzes and end of topic tests. Teachers will record each half term how far each child has progressed through current year group expectations.
Further opportunities in school such as, Science Day each year allows children to predict, explore, test and evaluate different scientific phenomena. This also provides opportunities to become a scientist for the day to facilitate our main intent to become confident, curious and inquisitive scientists. Links with the local high school, mean groups of children are able to take part in school science competitions.
Through Developing Experts, our Science curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression in knowledge, working scientifically skills and enquiry types (different types of experiment). The impact of our Science curriculum is that the majority of children, in our school, are able to;