At Willowpark we envisage that Science lessons will allow and encourage our children to investigate problems, learn how science works and discover why science matters in the world. We endeavour to develop our expertise and ability to deliver high quality science lessons, deep rooted in scientific knowledge and with rich and regular opportunities to work scientifically. Children need to learn the skills needed to work and think like a scientist but also need to have a firm grounding in scientific facts and knowledge, to take with them through their school lives.
We implement a curriculum that is progressive through school giving full coverage as detailed in the National Curriculum programmes for Science building on EYFS 'Understanding the World'. Science is taught both through cross-curricular topics and discrete units of work where needed.
Knowledge and Understanding
Through building up a body of knowledge and concepts, pupils should be able to recognise the power of scientific explanation and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes and effect.
We will develop understanding of the nature, purposes and methods of science through different types of science enquiry. We will also apply mathematical knowledge to understanding of science including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
'Working Scientifically' specifies
Pupils should seek answers through Scientific Enquiry building up skills of:
Observing over time
Comparative and fair testing (Investigation)
Collecting, analysing and presenting data
Interpreting and explaining
Science Knowledge Progression
Key Stage 2 Science Knowledge
Working Scientifically - year by year progression grids