At Cullingworth Village Primary School, we aim to inspire pupils to develop a love for science through investigatory learning. Learning in this way develops the skills children require to work in a scientific manner. Skills such as observation, problem solving, seeking patterns, classifying, researching and comparative testing. Through application of these skills, children can make greater progress in understanding everyday scientific concepts by answering questions about the world around them. We teach science either discretely or through a cross-curricular approach depending on whether purposeful links can be made with the current topic. At Cullingworth Village Primary School, we want our children to grow up to be conscientious, caring and protective of our local environment to provide the children of Cullingworth a brighter future. This is only possible through a high-quality science education.
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.