Subject Statement for Science
Science teaching at Well Green seeks to:
Our science curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable, throughout their time at Well Green Primary and also to their further education and beyond.
Our science curriculum is taught in blocks to ensure that physics, chemistry and biology based topics are covered alongside progressive Working Scientifically skills within each year group. Lessons are designed to build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years.
Working Scientifically skills are embedded into lessons to ensure these skills are being developed throughout the children’s school career and new vocabulary and challenging concepts are introduced through direct teaching. Our Kagan strategies, based on collaborative learning in small groups, promote depth of learning as children are able to share their ideas and formulate their own questions in a mutually supportive environment where everyone’s ideas are valued. Weekly planning for science is evaluated by teachers and assessments are made about children’s learning in each lesson. Termly assessment tasks from Bath Spa University, which focus on specific Working Scientifically skills, are designed to further monitor and assess children’s learning and progress. Children are encouraged to record their understanding of concepts using graphs, tables and photographs with high expectations placed on clear and concise writing where appropriate.
The school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, ensuring that all children experience challenge and success in science by developing a Growth Mindset. Outcomes in science books, clearly evidence a broad and balanced science curriculum and demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skills. Our successful approach results in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world.