At Chesterfield, we want our children to love science. In line with our curriculum driver, developing aspirations and possibilities for all, we want children to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be doctors, engineers, astronauts and forensic scientists.
We encourage children to learn from, be inspired by the work of great scientists, and understand the contribution science has made to society, both past and present. Our curriculum drivers of oracy, emotional intelligence and aspirations for all shape every aspect of science, are embedded in teaching and learning and develop the child as a whole.
Our teaching of science is intended to promote a drive for knowledge, a questioning of the world around them and for all children, whatever age or year group, to be able to effectively communicate their scientific thoughts using relevant vocabulary.
Our long-term science plan allows children to revisit their learning across the year, to build on their knowledge and enable them to firmly embed the scientific principles in the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Alongside the working scientifically strands of the national curriculum, there is clear progression across the 5 enquiry types, helping children to improve their investigative skills year on year. Closely matching subject specific activities to the relevant enquiry type means that the children are experiencing a well-rounded curriculum that broadens their experimental knowledge and skills.
Working scientifically, the children also learn to develop their own scientific skills and truly understand what it means to study biology, chemistry and physics. Exposing the children to predicting, evaluating and concluding our children are acting like ‘real scientists’ and coupled with a creative and dynamic curriculum, Chesterfield pupils are given a thirst for experimental science which will, we hope, entice them to study this fantastic subject to a higher level.
- Science is planned and sequenced appropriately and is taught using a progressive approach to build on fundamental foundations to a deeper understanding. Pupils are consistently challenged to recall information both within topics and across year groups to enable conscious connections (including other areas of the curriculum).
- Carefully selected skills are chosen to best match each unit of work and progress year on year. Opportunities to practise and embed skills are planned for so that they are revisited and refined over time.
- Scientific vocabulary is mapped and taught rigorously to ensure that children can recognise, understand and use scientific terminology accurately and confidently.
- Opportunities to learn outdoors and explore our natural environment are embedded throughout our science curriculum.
- Our Edible Playground gives our pupils the chance to plant, care for and eat their own fruit and vegetables; experiences particularly valuable for not just our school pupils but the whole community.
- Museum visits, fieldwork visits and interactive workshops are planned within the science curriculum to develop a deeper understanding of the topic studied and to inspire the children to question and delve further into complicated scientific principles.
- We participate in science week each year to celebrate all sciences and their importance in our everyday lives.
By the end of their primary education our children will:
- Have a developing sense of curiosity about the world around them and how they impact this world.
- Have a strong scientific vocabulary created through active discussion.
- Begin to understand why and how living things change, recognising some of the causes and consequences of these changes.
- Begin to understand everyday concepts such as sight, sound, gravity, friction and electricity.
- Have an understanding of the three different strands of science (biology, chemistry and physics).
- Learn to appreciate how diverse the world is, the intricacies of the human body and the differences between animal species.
- Know how to predict, experiment and form valuable scientific conclusions from their own investigations.
Together with this knowledge and understanding we want the children to be skill rich: competent, keen and enthusiastic scientists in the making.