From the moment children step through the door at Braybrook Primary Academy, they are encouraged to be curious and inquisitive. The science curriculum promotes the concept of ‘Science Capital’, teaching children the importance and relevance that science has in everyday life. It provides all children with first-hand scientific investigative experiences that enable learners to build on their prior learning and moves their learning on.
Throughout the programmes of study, the children will acquire and develop the key knowledge and skills as set out in the National Curriculum.
As part of the Primary Science Quality Mark process, the below vision statement was created by all stakeholders. This was re-visited and updated in November 2022.
Our teachers create a positive attitude to science learning and have high expectations for all learners in their class. Our curriculum has been created to have clear progression of knowledge and skills. This was designed using PlanBee scheme of work and curriculum resources.
We have a clear and consistent whole-school approach to science teaching.
In Foundation Stage, children are taught science through the key areas of learning as set out within the EYFS framework.
The broad range of teacher-led and child-initiated learning opportunities, will allow all children to:
- Use their senses to investigate a range of objects and materials.
- Find out about, identify and observe the different features of living things, objects and worldly events.
- Look closely and make observations about similarities, differences, patterns and change.
- Ask questions about how and why things happen and work.
- Develop communication and co-operations skills.
- Talk about their findings.
- Identify and find out about the features of the place they live and in the natural world around them.
Key Stage One/Key Stage Two
In Key Stage One and Two, science is taught in half-termly blocks. Where appropriate, these may be linked to another curriculum topic for example Year 3 learnt about rocks at the same time as their coastal geography unit so explicit links could be made. There is a clear progression of both skills and knowledge. Science is taught weekly, with teachers adapting the PlanBee scheme of work to best meet the needs of their class.
The impact of science teaching and learning will be rigourously and regularly monitored through formative and summative assessment.
Retrieveal is used at the start of every lesson. In EYFS/Year One, retrieval is completed verbally at the start of each lesson. From Year Two up a written retrieval task is evidenced in books. Proof of progress tasks are completed at the end of each unit from Year One up.
This data is recorded on Insight and shared half-termly with parents.
All learners will leave Braybrook Primary Academy as scientists, they will have acquired the skills and knowledge that they need to be successful and ambitious learners.