Our intent is to give every child a broad and balanced science curriculum which enables them to confidently explore and discover what is around them, regardless of their background, so that they have a deeper understanding of the world we live in. We want our children to love science. We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be astronauts, forensic scientists, toxicologists or microbiologists. It is our intention that our science curriculum offers all children the opportunity to be exposed to the scientific concepts and be taught about how to work scientifically. In order to motivate all pupils, the curriculum also allows for children to learn about important scientists and findings in the past. We want our children to remember their science lessons in our school and embrace the scientific opportunities they are presented with. To achieve this, our science lessons involve exciting, practical hands on experiences, with a strong focus on scientific vocabulary and encouraging curiosity and questioning. Our aim is that these experiences help every child secure and extend their scientific knowledge and vocabulary, as well as promoting a love and thirst for learning.
At Chilton, we have a planned and sequenced curriculum which has been carefully considered and developed with the need of every child at the centre of what we do. We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the science National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Our curriculum is planned so that it follows the National Curriculum guidance combined with CUSP planning, this enables us to ensure a progression in skills and knowledge throughout the school. We explore what children should already know about the subject and build on that using the national curriculum, working scientifically and CUSP knowledge notes. By blocking the units, children are able to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth. Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills. As with all our lessons at Chilton, our science curriculum has a strong focus on the vocabulary associated with science and scientific reasoning. We recap vocabulary and knowledge gained in each lesson to ensure a longer retention and deeper understanding.
When children leave Chilton, they are experienced and capable scientists, who are well equipped for the next step in their education. They are interested in science and are able to discuss what they have learned.
The impact of the Science curriculum can be seen through:
- Teacher assessments
- Pupil book studies, including pupil voice
- Children’s books
- Evidence from learning walks