Science Statement of Intent
At Hill Top Primary we encourage children to be naturally curious about the world around them. Our Science curriculum ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum and fosters a sense of wonder about natural phenomena and ever expanding scientific knowledge. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment. Throughout our school, children are encouraged to develop and use a range of scientific skills, including questioning, researching and observing. We want our children to have a broad scientific vocabulary. We intend to provide all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability, with a broad and balanced science curriculum.
Through the teaching Science, we teach all of the national curriculum science objectives. Teachers provide opportunities for children to access new scientific knowledge through lessons which include research, investigations, observations, using scientific equipment, recording, collecting and collating data and interpreting results. Children also explore science through visitors coming into school, trips and exploring the grounds of school and local area.
Vocabulary has a huge focus and each unit begins with a pre assessment of vocabulary and ends with a post unit assessment of vocabulary. Throughout each unit, agreed vocabulary is explicitly taught.
The children’s knowledge and scientific skills are assessed throughout the year through various different methods, including TAPS assessment investigations, work in books, as well as targeted questioning to measure progress through the year. Summative Science assessments are made by teachers at the end of the school year, stating whether children are WT or AT.
Our Science learning is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
▪ A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
▪ TAPS assessment investigations
▪ Pupil discussions about their learning
Our Science curriculum will lead pupils to be enthusiastic Science learners and understand that science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We want to empower our children so they understand they have the capability to change the world.