At Emsworth Primary School we believe that Science should be engaging and purposeful, in order to create curious, inquisitive life long learners.
We recognise the importance of science within our curriculum and are committed to providing pupils with cultural capital to success. Our aim is for all children to be educated to a standard where they are scientifically literate and are able to grasp scientific concepts so that they can understand and engage in the world around them. Only by understanding how things work can our children grow up to fully contribute to the society in which they live
We aim to nurture and encourage children’s natural curiosity and provide them with opportunities and experiences that bring the wonder and the wow. We build on what children already know, yet challenge them to unearth the truth about things that exist in the world around us so that they develop practical and investigative skills that enable them to think like scientists. There are plenty of areas of science to spark the imagination in all of us and at Emsworth; we aim to do so through science that is interesting and relevant. As a result, this enables children to discover the world for themselves so that they understand, at their own level, the impact science has already had on our lives and can recognise that it will continue to do so in the future.
Science is a core subject with natural links to many other subjects including English, Maths, Geography and Design Technology. This allows us to plan and create exciting and engaging cross-curricular topics that encourage children to make links and apply their learning in a range of contexts. This in turn, provides chances for new learning to become embedded, resulting in children developing a more secure understanding of the key scientific ideas on which they will build in Key Stage 3.
Teaching and learning of science at Emsworth Primary aims to give children the best understanding of the natural and social world around them and in turn allow them to go beyond their individual scientific experiences. Through a combination of substantive and disciplinary knowledge, pupils are provided with scientific fact and are given the opportunity to learn how those facts have been established by working scientifically.
The coherent and sequential nature of the taught curriculum means that children are learn scientific concepts fully before moving on to the next learning. This building block approach ensures children have the highest quality of engaging learning in a sequence that assists their learning. Coupled with this, each year group has a different environmental longitudinal study that they revisit throughout the year. They draw on their scientific understanding in a real-life context and are able to practise their 'working scientifically' skills.
At Emsworth primary we are very fortunate that our extensive school grounds and the surrounding area provide us with a fantastic learning environment in which the children can gain first-hand experience of natural phenomena, enhancing their learning and bringing learning to life before their eyes.
The impact of science teaching at Emsworth Primary school enables children to be confident yet inquisitive scientists. It encourages children to ask questions and want to find out more about the world around them. Science is practical, exciting and ignites curiosity about natural phenomena. It gives children 'powerful knowledge' of scientific concepts that can have a large bearing on the way they choose to live their lives and the decisions they may make.
Science at Emsworth Primary school
Here is the link to the Science National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425618/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf
In the EYFS, Science is taught through high quality practical and exploratory experiences. Children will learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
Below you will find a copy of the curriculum map for Science showing the key topics covered in each year group.
Science After Lockdown
Due to COVID, we have identified the topics and objectives missed by different cohorts due to school closures. In order to address the missed learning, we have added in previous objectives to new topics to catch children up. Science concepts need to be taught before children can move onto the next learning objectives. Teachers have been given these curriculum updates and we plan to have caught children up with the majority of most concepts within 2-3 years, depending on when the topic repeats in the school curriculum.