Subject Lead - Lisa Walker (MAT leave) and Amy Parker
Link Governor - Tony Andrews
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At Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Primary School, our vision is to give children a science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover the world around them, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We aim to create fun and stimulating science lessons that nurture children’s natural curiosity and their on-going development. Through a hands-on, enquiry-based curriculum which promotes questioning, challenge, working practically, investigating, evaluating, making choices, working independently and using scientific vocabulary. Children also develop an understanding of how important and relevant science is to their lives, now and in the future through Science Experience Days and STEM activities.
At Ribbleton Avenue Methodist Junior School, Science topics are taught within each year group in accordance with the National Curriculum and through our personalised whole school curriculum.
- Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills.
- Teachers promote enjoyment, creativity and foster the pupil’s interests or areas of enquiry.
- Children explore, question, predict, plan, carry out investigations and observations as well as conclude their findings.
- Children present their findings and learning using science specific language, observations and diagrams.
- At the start of each topic children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know about a current topic.
- Training opportunities are provided to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained.
- Effective use of education visits and visitors are planned, to enrich and enhance the pupil’s learning experiences within the Science curriculum.
- Teachers use highly effective assessment for learning in each lesson to ensure misconceptions are highlighted and addressed.
- Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intention, with misconceptions addressed within it.
- Through using a range of assessment tools, differentiation is facilitated by teachers, to ensure that all pupil can access the Science curriculum.
- Pupils are regularly given the opportunity for self or peer assessment (I can statement), which will then be used to inform planning, preparation, differentiation and address misconceptions within that lesson, or for the next lesson.
- Cross-curricular links are planned for, with other subjects such as Maths, English and Computing.
Through implementing the above –
- Children enjoy and are enthusiastic towards Science
- Children will understand and apply subject specific vocabulary
- Children will retain and build on knowledge that is pertinent to Science with a real life context
- Children will be able to question ideas and reflect on knowledge
- Children will work collaboratively and practically to investigate and experiment
- Children will be able to explain the process they have taken and be able to reason scientifically.