At Sunny Bank Primary School, we believe that a quality science curriculum should inspire children’s natural curiosity and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently explore and discover what is around them. We want every child to have a deeper understanding of the world we live in and develop a love of science to encourage future generations to not only study this in further education, but also potentially to follow it as a career.
At Sunny Bank Primary, our aim is to embed both scientific knowledge and enquiry skills in each topic the children study, from EYFS through to KS2. In addition, topics are revisited and developed throughout a child’s time at school. We believe that this model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
We want all children to leave Sunny Bank with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
As one of our curriculum drivers, we give the teaching and learning of science the prominence it needs as a core subject in primary education. We aim to expose every child to a coherently planned broad, balanced and sequential science curriculum. Topics are blocked and are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum with meaningful cross-curricular links made where possible and teachers model and encourage a developing scientific vocabulary as they progress through each year group. Learning builds upon prior learning, therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills. To further support children in their ability to ‘know more and remember more’ there are also regular opportunities to review learning.
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, science is encompassed within ‘understanding of the world’, ‘communication and language’ and ‘physical development’ through a combination of focused teaching and hands on experiences. Staff use and model effective and high-quality language to encourage children to talk about what they notice and to ask questions.
The intended impact for pupils at Sunny Bank Primary is clear: progress, sustained learning and transferrable skills. We deliver a fun, engaging and motivational science education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world that they can take with them once they complete their primary education. We believe that children who feel confident in their science knowledge and enquiry skills will be excited about science, show that they are actively curious to learn more and will see the relevance of what they learn in science lessons to real-life situations.