Science at Richard Hill
Science is an integral part of a broad and balanced curriculum at Richard Hill CE Primary School. We aim to teach all children the range of scientific skills and knowledge required to begin them on their journey of science education, to become healthy individuals, and to help achieve their aspirations as they move forward through their school career.
The science curriculum at Richard Hill strives to encourage children to become more independent scientists who are beginning to question and explore their own ideas, as well as question others, using appropriate scientific vocabulary and well-structured discussions alongside relevant scientific knowledge. Through our science curriculum, we aim to provide children with the skills needed to seek out the answers to scientific questions they have, helping them to make sense of the world in which we live.
The content of science lessons is planned to build on children’s previous knowledge as well as introduce new ideas and concepts. Lessons are planned to be as practical and as memorable as possible; they promote curiosity both within and beyond the classroom and teachers encourage children to explore their ideas with their families at home.
Across each phase (Foundation stage, KS1 and KS2) children will be taught the whole range of knowledge objectives and are given the chance to develop the appropriate ‘working scientifically’ skills, as set out by The National Curriculum. Science is blocked into weeks within the children's Topics and then there is further Science that takes place if the Topic has a Science focus. Our school Science lead supports the planning so teachers are aware of the prior knowledge of year groups before planning units and individual lessons. This ensures that key concepts and prior learning is built on and developed rather than repeated.
Skills focused upon working scientifically are embedded into Science weeks to ensure that these are being developed throughout the child’s school career. Lessons are planned so that children have the opportunity to refine these skills and become independent scientists. Some year groups use revision units to provide further opportunities for children to develop their investigative skills whilst recapping the knowledge specified in The National Curriculum. Science lessons are planned to be practical and teachers have access to a range of resources to support this.
Scientific vocabulary is displayed in classrooms as part of a working wall, which children are encouraged to use and interact with. Children are encouraged to continue their science learning outside the classroom, and the school encourages parents to be involved with their children’s science learning.
British Science Week is celebrated in school and ideas for simple science activities are shared with families. An exhibition is available at the end of the week for the whole community to enjoy and children are rewarded for their engagement and effort. Where possible, the local area is used to illustrate concepts in science (for example, when Key Stage 1 study plants and the seasons) which helps families to become even more involved.
Science is monitored in a range of ways such as planning investigations, looking at books, observing lessons using our Spotlight Tool and collecting pupil voice. The assessment of Science takes place through observation, discussion and teacher assessment.
Useful Science Websites