Our Intent

National Curriculum Guidance

“A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes, and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.”

At St Oswald’s, we aim to give our children an engaging and exciting science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them. We encourage all children to be inquisitive, independent thinkers and confident to ask questions. By developing the natural curiosity in our children, prepare them to flourish in the ever-changing world. 

Our intent is that the teaching of science will:

  • 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
  • Equip children with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
  • Develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific learning and discovery
  • Inspire and motivate children to nurture and grow their curiosity 
  • Ensure all children flourish scientifically and view themselves as future scientists.

Our Implementation

At St Oswald’s to ensure high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school. In addition to engaging science lessons, we are committed to providing exciting and inspiring experiences for all children including trips, visitors, and a whole school Science Week.

The key areas of implementation we use are:

  1. Planning documents
  • Progression map – Scientific Knowledge

  • Progression map – Working Scientifically Skills

  • Long Term plans

  • Medium Term plans

Flow Chart

The flow chart serves as an overview of how the subject is taught to ensure consistency in the following areas:

  • Lesson structure
  • Assessment
  • Learning environment
  • Resources
  • Metacognitive scaffolding including knowledge organisers
  • How we enhance the curriculum e.g. visits, celebrations, theme weeks

Impact

At St Oswald’s we see our children flourish through the wide-ranging curriculum to provide them with.  We strive for the whole curriculum to be exciting, engaging and for all children to feel a sense of success.  

In Science, we aim for the impact to be:

  • Children really enjoy computing and look forward to their lessons each week.
  • Digital leaders promote the importance of online safety to their peers.
  • Children are confident in their abilities to use computer to approach a wide range of tasks safely, and can use these skills in other areas of their lives.
  • Children will have a comprehensive knowledge of how to stay safe online. This is important in a society which is becoming increasingly dependent on technology and where technologies are rapidly evolving.