SCIENCE

At Basildon C.E. Primary School, our vision is to provide a curriculum that will ignite pupils' curiosity and encourage them to confidently explore and discover the world around them, so that they develop a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We endeavour to inspire Pupils and provide an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and long-lasting interest in science and become motivated, lifelong learners.

To enable our pupils to achieve this, we will provide pupils with a range of investigation and practical work which gives them a worthwhile experience to develop their understanding. We will develop progressively the skills of investigation:

  • Observing

  • Measuring

  • Identifying and Classifying

  • Questioning

  • Predicting

  • Hypothesising

  • Experimenting

  • Fair testing

  • Communicating

  • Recording

  • Interpreting

  • Explaining

  • Evaluating

 

At Basildon, we will use a range of strategies for ensuring the delivery of an ambitious Science curriculum for all learners, such as:

  • Pre-teach subject specific vocabulary where possible

  • Key vocabulary displays to support

  • Use of dual coding

  • Interactive and practical sessions

  • Abstract ideas modelled in concrete ways

  • Prior knowledge quiz to build on knowledge and understanding.

  • Use of oracy strategies and awareness of reading needs

Early Science

 

At Basildon, we aim to lay the foundations for a love and interest in Science, providing a stimulating EYFS curriculum that nurtures children’s natural curiosity and enables them to gain a better knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Through hands-on, enquiry-based activities, children will experience the joy of learning ‘how’ and ‘why’ and develop their skills of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion.

 

What Science looks like in lessons:

 

  • All children engaged in their learning

  • Learning will build on previous knowledge, understanding and learning

  • Science lessons will be interactive and include fun, practical and engaging hands on experiences.

  • Where possible Science will be linked to the real world and examples given.

  • Will develop investigation skills and using and applying scientific skills

  • Science lessons will challenge all pupils appropriately.

  • Use of dual coding in phonics lessons and opportunities for learning and embedding scientific vocabulary

  • Teachers will question for understanding

  • Abstract ideas will be modelled in concrete ways.

  • Provide feedback that moves learning on.

  • Units are structured so where relevant, science links into topic work and science units will move through basic grasp of concepts, to advancing and then deepening understanding of concepts.

  • Environment will encourage asking questions, taking risks, exploring and reflecting.

  • Will use key vocabulary/interactive displays to support learning.

  • Will be taught to use Science equipment and materials safely.

  • Will represent scientists from many cultures and represent a diversity of ethnic groups.

  • Will develop the understanding of metacognitive skills to aid learning

 

What Science at Basildon looks like outside of lessons:

 

  • Science will be linked to other curriculum areas.

  • Workshops and visits

  • Visitors to school, including parents and people in the community.

  • Science/STEM week annually

  • Whole school Science day with mixed age groups

  • Visit to local woodlands and other outdoor learning

  • Regular staff training

  • Displays will be interactive and show key vocabulary to support learning.

  • Monitoring of Science throughout the school

 

Formative Assessment

 

  • Verbal Feedback – the vast majority of feedback is in conversation with the pupil, allowing misconceptions to be spotted and effectively addressed at an early stage.

  • Teachers may use green and pink marking to identify strengths and to move learning forward.

  • Units will start with a check for prior knowledge and understanding and build on this.

 

Summative Assessment

 

  • Teachers assess learning/progress at the end of unit, for example, using mini quiz, concept map,

  • Teachers to record progress on target tracker.

  • Teachers moderate as a team through mini moderations or staff meetings.

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Subject leaders map tier two vocabulary across each milestone and tier three vocabulary for each unit. Dual coding is used to support the discreet teaching of science vocabulary across the curriculum.

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The school’s curriculum driver of diversity underpins the entire science curriculum. Teachers actively seek opportunities to promote and celebrate diversity across the curriculum where ever appropriate.

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