Science


Our knowledge-led curriculum is designed to build the science capital of all children, carefully mapping the progression of knowledge, skills and vocabulary across the key stages, so that material is embedded into children’s long-term memory.


Teachers will link children’s scientific knowledge to topical science as well as scientists from the past. Our Science lessons also include opportunities for children to apply mathematical knowledge, build communication skills when discussing ideas, and improve reading whilst conducting research.

As a core subject, science is taught weekly or fortnightly for the equivalent of 2 hours per week.

We use the Rising Star’s programme of study, which ensures all pupils can access the objectives from the National Curriculum. Knowledge organisers, working walls, and other resources will be used to support children’s learning, as well as working together in mixed ability groups.

In each lesson, time is set aside for “Bright Ideas,” a chance for children to discuss their knowledge and ideas. This will prompt children to reason, think deeply, and use scientific vocabulary in discussions.


Impact will be measured using assessment statements at the end of each lesson and end of unit assessment tasks. Children’s progression will also be monitored through low stake quizzes, Bright Ideas discussions, and talking to pupils about their learning. The children’s science book will also evidence the children’s understanding of key concepts and their ability to apply vocabulary, skills and recording methods.


For more details, please see our long term plans and progression map for Science below.

Science Long Term Plans

Science Progression Maps

 

Enhancing the Science Curriculum

To nurture our children’s spirit of enquiry and encourage their enjoyment of Science, we supplement classroom learning with exciting activities and events outside the curriculum. 

  • We are part of the Farmer Time initiative, bringing nature and agriculture to life.
  • Every year, the school celebrates British Science Week. Last year, classes showcased their own STEM projects to parents in assembly.
  • Our forest school gives children access to a mud kitchen, den building area, fire pits, a pond, as well as lots of plantlife, a willow tunnel, and a dome.
  • Our “Bee Green Team” improves the whole school’s environmental awareness and drives initiatives to reduce our environmental impact. They are currently working with Manchester Environmental Education Network and have received their bronze Eco-Schools Award.
  • Children are regularly invited on trips to enrich the learning experience. Classes have previously visited the RSPB, Eureka!, Magna Science Adventure Centre, Manchester Fayre Nutrition Support, Wonderdome, Silly Science Workshop and a Forensic Science Workshop.

Free ways to boost your child’s science capital!

YouTube Channels to follow:
SmarterEveryDay, NASA, Science Channel, Science Museum and
The Royal Institution