Science @ MBA

Our Science curriculum is designed to develop all children’s knowledge, vocabulary and curiosity about the ‘big ideas in science’. Maturing Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, underpin by working scientifically. These key threads within science are taught progressively to build solid subject foundation and a breath of scientific vocabulary, which they can use confidently and contextually, this is visible within each topic we teach (see Science progression overviews for links through each key thread). Our comprehensive science curriculum clearly meets the aims of the new National Curriculum for Science.

We aim to cultivate a spirit of enquiry through practical exploration and investigation activities both inside and outside the classroom. For example, our youngest children in EYFS make observations of earthworms and the life cycle of butterflies, with our oldest pupils making detailed observations of animal behaviour at different times over the year. Identifications of plants and animals with a range of habitats are made (KS1), leading to classification of plants over the year (Year 4). We teaching challenging scientific concepts meaningful for our children with carefully pitched activities, with complementing videos, diagrams, charts, interactive investigations, ICT and wider text. Supporting every child to achieve. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave/change, analyse causes and an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.

As a product of our pupils study of science we intent to encourage a respect for living organisms, the physical environment and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. Alongside the enjoyment and enthusiasm of scientific understanding and discovery.

Subject specific vocabulary for each thread is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Knowledge and concepts taught are reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.

Our Science Curriculum is of high quality, knowledge rich and is planned to demonstrate progression. That provides children with the foundations for understanding the world and its natural processes, leading to an appreciation to our environment and all which in inhabit it.

If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

–  A reflection on standards achieved against the planned knowledge outcomes

– A celebration of learning for each term, which demonstrates progression across the school;

–  Tracking of knowledge and vocabulary through regular knowledge checks.

– Analysis of summative end of topic assessments

– The undertaking of experiments and investigations

– Pupil discussions about their learning

– Pupil voice is used to further develop the Science curriculum, through questioning of pupil’s views and attitudes to Science to support the children’s enjoyment of science and to motivate learners.

Please click the link below to see he detailed curriculum plan for science.

Science Curriculum Map

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