The Science Curriculum
Our science curriculum is enquiry based, fully inclusive and meets the needs of all learners, starting from building strong foundations in our EYFS, supporting and challenging them on their journey to being secondary ready, and ultimately ensuring that they are equipped with the cultural capital, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.
Meet our Science Coordinator
Mr A O’Malley
Our vision for science is ‘to inspire pupils, encouraging them to be inquisitive about the world around them. We aim to do this by nurturing their innate curiosity and enabling them to learn a wide range of skills, which can be used across their learning.’
We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all pupils, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. It is our vision that all pupils during their journey will display the essential characteristics of scientists:
- The ability to think independently and raise questions about working scientifically and the knowledge and skills that is brings
- Confidence and competence in the full range of practical skills, taking the initiative in, for example, planning and carrying out scientific investigations
- Excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings
- High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills
- The ability to undertake practical work in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork
- A passion for science and its application in past, present and future technologies.
From the beginnings of scientific teaching in our EYFS, we endeavour to instill a sense of curiosity in our pupils allowing their understanding to develop through organised play. Children know 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.
The teaching of science at Biggin Hill Primary Academy is carefully designed, planned and implemented to ensure that all pupils are challenged to fulfil their potential. Science lessons are rich in resources, vocabulary, questioning and content enabling them to develop mastery of the aims of the National Curriculum. Science lessons are taught discretely in order to give depth and breadth to the curriculum area.
Weekly science lessons are further enhanced by our annual science week celebration when the whole week is dedicated to scientific concepts, experiments and knowledge.
Science National Curriculum Aims
In line with the Science Programmes of Study KS1 and KS2 the school aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
- Are equipped with the scientific knowledge they require to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
Working Scientifically requires:
- Scientific enquiry – observing changes, finding patterns, grouping and classifying, fair testing and researching using secondary sources
- Drawing conclusions based on data and observations
- Using evidence to justify ideas
- Using scientific knowledge to explain findings.
The science curriculum is assessed against the following essential learning objectives:
- To understand plants
- To understand animals and humans
- To investigate living things
- To understand evolution and inheritance.
- To understand movement, forces and magnets
- To understand the Earth’s movement in space
- To investigate light and seeing
- To investigate sound and hearing
- To understand electrical circuits.
The impact of the science curriculum is measured through regular book scrutinies, subject specific learning walks, teacher and pupil discussions and data analysis. The school leadership team, subject leaders and governors relentlessly drive the science curriculum forward and monitor it vigorously.