Our vision is to provide a high-quality science education, which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. All pupils will know essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts and are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation by developing a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Pupils will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. They display a passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
Links to school vision and values - ‘Life in all its fullness’ John 10:10
- Children undertaking investigations in a thoughtful and engaging way.
- Teamwork, discussing ideas and being thoughtful enough to understand, even if they don’t agree, with other children’s ideas.
- Learning about different discoveries and creations that occurred through time.
- Exploring the natural world around us appreciating what we have but also how all living things are precious and unique .
Through planning stimulating lessons that challenges pupil’s ideas about Science and the world around them and exploring resources and equipment needed for exciting hands on investigations, children will make clear progress and be seen clearly throughout the school.
We believe our pupils should have the ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that it brings.
We ensure our children have the confidence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations. Pupils should have the ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork.
We aim for our pupils to have excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings. They will display high levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills.
The National Curriculum is followed in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and provides a full breakdown of the statutory content to be taught within each unit. Children in Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
To assess pupil outcomes for Science, our system at SMATT using the Pilgrim Progress ensures we gain an overview of a pupil’s typical attainment at the beginning and end of each Science Unit of Work. Children are assessed using a scale of Developing, Expected and Exceeding. These are derived from on-going teacher assessments and age-related criteria. When teachers assess in class they do so in relation to each child’s ability to know, understand and apply new scientific knowledge.
Everyone’s experience of the world is cross curricular, as everything that surrounds us can be seen and understood from multiple perspectives. Our Science curriculum at SMATT therefore aims to take advantage of a range of opportunities for children to make links between different subject areas, supporting the use and application of what has already been taught and learned in new and different ways and providing opportunities for deep, meaningful learning. For example, Forest School is a fantastic area of the curriculum that lends itself to the Science curriculum.
Tracking progress and attainment in science at SMATT
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
There is a clear progression in each unit and this can clearly be seen throughout the school in each year group so that children are extending their knowledge from learning in previous year groups.
During Nursery and Reception pupils will be taught to look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change within the EYFS curriculum.
Gallery of Scientific Learning
Nursery - Looking for signs of Spring, Planting beans and potatoes and observing changes to tadpoles .
Year R- Growing, planting beans, seeds and Mr Grassheads !
Year 1 - Sorting materials and learning about animal life cycles.