At Cullingworth Village Primary School, our vision is to provide children with a Science curriculum that enables them to explore and discover the world around them. To accomplish this, we aim to provide lessons rooted in scientific enquiry with practical hands-on experiences that encourage a deeper understanding and curiosity with questioning. We believe it is vital to promote and develop transferrable skills such as observation, communication and team work to evolve the whole child as a lifelong learner. Our objective is to provide lessons which consolidate prior knowledge, encourage deeper understanding and that are rooted in scientific vocabulary.
Our intentions for the teaching of science are:
- To prepare our children for the wider world and to help them understand the world we live in. We want them to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them for life in the 21st century
- We want them to ‘think like a scientist’ and understand that science is a way of thinking
- Our science curriculum exposes children to a vast array of diverse, interesting and relevant themes to which they can relate to
- Our science offer builds on knowledge and skills each year and the spiral curriculum we have embedded allows children to ‘know more and remember more’
- We want the children to have a sense of wonder and placement in the world around them and consider the part they play
- Encourage children to ask questions so they are exposed to ‘awe and wonder’
- Provide children with opportunities inside, and outside of school that will enhance their passion and understanding of science
We hope to have the following impact:
- Children are exposed to the full National Curriculum for Science
- Knowledge is broken down into manageable chinks that support the process of memory and retrieval practise - reducing cognitive overload
- A spiral curriculum which progresses understanding from one year to the next
- Engaging opportunities inside and outside school that develops children’s cultural capital
- A developed vocabulary that supports understanding of the world around them
- Give children a sense of awe and wonder as well as making learning relevant to them, so they understand where they fit in and how they can play a part.