A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and nurture a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Each year, children are taught the units and objectives specified in the National Curriculum. Clear and well thought out sequences of learning with key assessment tasks ensure that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before, address common misconceptions and allow clear opportunities for working scientifically. Discrete lessons are delivered with learning blocked to allow for clear progression. Knowledge Organisers provide the structure to learning, specifying key knowledge and vocabulary that we want all children to understand and use fluently. Children are encouraged to pose and investigate their own scientific questions and, where applicable, utilise skills acquired in other areas of the curriculum, particularly maths. Additionally, children learn about the work, achievements and impact of a range of great scientists, both past and present, so as to demonstrate the role and importance of scientific enquiry and understanding in shaping the modern world.
The impact for all Linacre’s pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND, is that they: can confidently recall key scientific knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through clear explanations can work scientifically to attempt to answer questions, test predictions and draw conclusions based on findings can confidently apply knowledge to their learning across the curriculum are confident in using and applying scientific vocabulary
The teaching of science at Linacre begins in Reception through the Understanding of the World. Based on the requirements of the EYFS framework and guided by Development Matters, children start to explore the natural world around them, making observations and identifying similarities and differences. These personal experiences begin to develop the children’s curiosity, awe and wonder and these are the building blocks for the children knowledge and skills as they move into the Year 1 Science Curriculum and beyond.