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'Going For Green'

Science

The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – Science.

Mill Hill understands the need for all pupils to develop their Scientific ability as an essential component of all subjects and as a subject in its own right. A good understanding of scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding helps to support pupils work across the curriculum.

The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils:

1. develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

2. 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

3. are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Intent

At Mill Hill we believe that a high quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and recognise the power of rational explanation. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills. The staff at Mill Hill ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow them to explore their outdoor environment and locality, thus developing their scientific enquiry and investigative skills. An important aspect of Science at Mill Hill is for the children to learn and use scientific vocabulary in the correct context, both while in discussion during practical investigation and also when writing up their findings. Children are exposed to different ways of investigating and get the chance to develop their skills at predicting likely outcomes. Making predictions is a key skill used across the curriculum as it teaches children that making a mistake, or not getting something quite right is a natural part of learning. We intend to provide all children with a broad and balanced science curriculum

Implementation

In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in science, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.

Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Science 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Science teaching at Mill Hill involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Where possible, Science is linked to class topics. Science is taught as discrete units and lessons where needed to ensure coverage. Due to the varying nature of our school and its’ class structure Science units are planned in a rolling programme for both mixed year group and single year group teaching. This guarantees topics are covered and ensures progression from year to year.

We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:

  • Prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world today and in the future.
  • Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of scientific ideas.
  • Help develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world.
  • Build on our children’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems.
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and developing the skills of investigation – including: observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating.
  • Develop the use of scientific language, recording and techniques.
  • Develop the use of computing in investigating and recording.
  • Make links between science and other subjects.

Science is taught consistently, once a week for one and a half hours, but connections with other subjects and contexts are developed and discussed with pupils. For example, drawing graphs to show the results of an investigation linking with maths and the botanical/observational drawings of plants with art.

At Mill Hill we aspire to promote children’s independence and for all children to take responsibility in their own learning, therefore we have implemented self/teacher assessment sheets for each unit. The children use this as a working document to track their achievements and progress throughout a topic. Alongside this we use Knowledge mats for each unit which introduces new vocabulary.

Impact

The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge linked to the science curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives.

All children will have:

  • A wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry/investigative skills.
  • A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life

Science Action Plan

Curriculum overview/skills document

Science subject leader annual review

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