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Intention

At Ackton Pastures Primary Academy, we are determined to promote the love of learning science and for children to find out about the science within their everyday lives. By the end of the Key Stage, each child will have an understanding of a variety of science concepts and be able to talk about them and they will be able to work scientifically during lessons.

Implementation

In order to allow children to reach their full potential, we cover the objectives set out in the Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum. We mix the content knowledge and investigation skills needed to solve science problems and make decisions based on what they have learned. Our lessons also allow the children to practise their maths and English whilst developing reasoning, problem-solving and social skills.

Each phase follows a 2-Year rolling programme that covers all the content and working scientifically skills for the two year groups. Unit are planned before the term and teachers have the option to use the Science Bug scheme of work and amend it to suit the children or plan from other materials as applicable.

To ensure children make the progress they should, teachers plan enjoyable, engaging and inspiring practical activities that mean the children are working hands-on; these lessons link science concepts to everyday life so the children can understand the world around them in a scientific way. All lessons are bespoke to the class (and child) to support and challenge all children, focusing on the skills the class need to develop so they can become the best scientist they can. Each teacher has the discretion to block the unit or teach it weekly.

In order to build on the children’s understanding and to further embed and support our teaching, we try to bring in visitors, have class trips and hold workshops when it suits the topic. For example, Year 3 and 4 visited Magna, Year 6 visit the Natural History Museum and both Early Years and Key Stage 1 visit farms and Tropical World. We have invited a geologist to teach Year 3 and 4 about rocks, a scientist to look at a variety of areas to do with weather and animals have been brought in for Early Years and Key stage 1.

Our lessons aim to develop a child’s social skills by working in teams and encourage resilience, determination, perseverance, communication, collaboration, questioning and problem-solving.

In order to encourage all to become scientists, as part of the 2 year cycle, we challenge the stereotypical image by learning about different types of scientist such as Mary Anning and Charles Darwin when the unit allows.

Impact

The impact of our curriculum can be seen in the enthusiasm that children demonstrate when they are learning and talking about science. Through regular monitoring, leaders see an every improving standard of knowledge and skills through observations, book scrutinies and conversations with both the children and the teachers.

Staff assess the children during lessons and at the end of a unit: they fill in a science assessment sheet which focuses and those working below and those at greater depth giving more information about the problems seem to be. This allows the teacher to focus their next unit where it is needed and for the next teacher to see where the gaps are and plan accordingly.

Our lessons develop a child’s social skills by working in teams and encourage resilience, determination, perseverance, communication, collaboration, questioning and problem-solving.

In order to encourage all to become scientists, as part of the 2 year cycle, we challenge the stereotypical image by learning about different types of scientist such as Mary Anning and Charles Darwin when the unit allows.

 


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