At Lynch Hill, the Science curriculum is intended to ensure that all pupils from EYFS to upper Key Stage 2 develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Here, our science curriculum develops children’s understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science, through different types of science enquiry and teaches pupils the skills to answer scientific questions about the world around them. At Lynch Hill, we intend to equip our pupils with scientific knowledge, which requires understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Our curriculum is designed to develop knowledge and skills that are progressive, as well as transferable such as research, observation, recording and presentation. Pupils are taught a wide range of essential enquiry skills; very importantly, these skills build upon earlier opportunities they have had for example playing, exploring, creating, engaging in active learning and thinking critically in the EYFS. Science topics will, where appropriate, link with IPC units of work in order to enable opportunities for cross-curricular links or be taught as stand-alone units.
At the beginning of each topic, children are able to convey what they already know and what they would like to know. In Key Stage 2, children are able to identify how they would find out various information. The information for Science entry points offers children the ‘hook’ to awaken their interest and curiosity, and exit points enable pupils to showcase the depth of their learning. This encourages scientific learning through the generic science enquiries, common to all children across the primary age phase, for example: observing and measuring, identifying and classifying, gathering information and recording data, research and fair testing.
Outcomes in Science books demonstrate children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Displays map out the pupils’ learning journey and, as they progress through the school, they develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the working scientifically skills and year group appropriate goals.
A strong emphasis is placed on questioning which helps pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Scientific processes and how this relates to their everyday lives. Through the study of Science, our pupils learn to research through primary and secondary sources, observe over time, pattern seek, fair-test, identify, and classify. Such skills will serve them well as they move onto secondary school and beyond.