Science Curriculum Statement

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At Cherry Orchard Primary Academy we follow National Curriculum guidance to ensure total coverage of Science content in our school. We strive for excellence by working collaboratively with our primary years programme, to be ambitious beyond the National Curriculum. The principal focus for our EYFS is to learn foundation knowledge through understanding the world, providing rich context and a range of vocabulary. KS1 builds on this vocabulary to start building scientific concepts, looking more closely at the natural and human world to deepen their knowledge. For KS2 it is a principal focus to continue to develop their deep understanding of the wide range of scientific knowledge and ideas. Particularly in upper KS2, the goal is to prepare children for secondary science learning by encouraging scientific reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving to aid them in remedying their misconceptions independently.

The curriculum is sequenced to reflect the hierarchical nature of knowledge within the science disciplines. The transdisciplinary approach from the PYP, enables pupils to develop an extensive and connected knowledge base which advances over time. Disciplinary knowledge is explicitly taught through most appropriate substantive context.

EYFS

The principal focus is to learn foundation knowledge through understanding the world, providing rich context, opportunities for independent and guided exploration and a wide range of vocabulary.  It also includes developing an understanding of some important processes and changes in the world around them.

Key Stage 1

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 1 is to equip pupils with the vocabulary to start building scientific concepts, looking more closely at the natural and human world to deepen their knowledge through a range of experiences and learning opportunities.

Lower Key Stage 2

The principal focus is to continue to develop their deep understanding of the wide range of scientific knowledge and ideas, through a range of scientific concepts and progressive vocabulary.

Upper Key Stage 2

The principal focus of science teaching in upper key stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific concepts. To prepare children for secondary science learning by encouraging them to scientifically reason their ideas, think critically and problem solve to aid them in explaining common misconceptions or corroborating their conclusions.

Teachers create a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science. Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of science involves the following;

The successful approach at Cherry Orchard results in an engaging, high-quality science education that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world.

The impact will be measured through the following ways:

At COPA, there will be ongoing reflection opportunities and monitoring to ensure that the curriculum is one that is demanding, progressive, broad and balanced, and that meets the developing needs of the pupils in our community.