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Curriculum statement

Science teaching at Our Lady's aims to:

  • teach Science in line with the Curriculum 2014 document;
  • provide a high quality science education that provides the foundation for understanding the biological, physical and chemical world;
  • encourage children to take an interest in scientific things around them as well as building on their own real life experiences as well as learn in real-life contexts;
  • teach the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science;
  • develop children's abilities to obtain evidence to test scientific ideas in a variety of ways and to present findings in an appropriate manner, using relevant scientific vocabulary and computing skills.

 

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. This forms the foundation for later work in Science.

 

At Key Stages 1 and 2, Science is taught using the 2014 Kent scheme of work to support planning.  This was developed in line with the National Curriculum.

 

A range of resources are used to deliver the Science curriculum and these are supplemented and renewed during the year, as required.

 

Visits offsite and visitors to the school support and enhance children's learning.  The school also enjoys links with local secondary schools.

 

Mastery and greater depth.

Mastery in Science is about children being given a wide variety of experiences during lessons and opportunities to gain knowledge that can be applied and transferred to different concepts. Mastery in Science is not about measuring achievement in a series of attainment statements but rather about learning characteristics that children exhibit. To foster mastery in Science, teachers encourage the following in children.

  • Complete independence in using a concept, skills or knowledge.
  • Fluency in the application of a concept, skills or knowledge.
  • Ability to apply learning across subjects.
  • Consistency in application over a period of time.
  • Ability to apply without reminders.
  • Ability to explain connections with other learning.
  • Evidence of resilience in applying their learning.
  • Ability to teach to another.
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