At Barham Primary School, we strive to deliver an ambitious and high-quality science curriculum, which allows our pupils to recognise the significance of science in their everyday lives. Our curriculum also enables children to see the relevance of 4 of our selected Sustainable Development Goals; Good Health & Well-being, Quality Education, Clean water & Sanitation, and Climate Action. We aim to facilitate the ability for all children to make sense of the world they live in and think about what they can do to make a difference in the future.
It is our intent for the science element of our school curriculum to inspire pupils with a curiosity and fascination about natural phenomena and the uses and implications of science, today and for the future that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching will equip pupils with knowledge about biology, chemistry and physics, how science has changed our lives and how it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. By revisiting these areas of learning regularly, pupils will remember more, know more and understand more. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about science should help them to deepen their understanding of scientific concepts, processes and methods and the implications they have on human existence. We want our pupils to gain confidence and have practical experiences of being scientists through developing their knowledge and skills to explain what is occurring, predict how things behave and analyse results.
Our curriculum has science enquiry at its heart and has been developed to ensure it has breadth and depth and is progressive so that it allows our pupils to build their knowledge, whatever their starting point, to enable them to develop to their full potential and ‘aim to be the best they can be’. We encourage our pupils to be curious learners and our science teaching ensures our pupils to develop the necessary disciplinary knowledge as they progress through the school to enable them to become the scientists of the future.
We ensure all children are exposed to high quality science teaching and a range of learning experiences. Science teaching is carefully sequenced to ensure a clear progression of substantive knowledge and disciplinary knowledge. Each lesson is designed to explore and build on children’s prior knowledge. This allows for misconceptions to be addressed effectively.
We aim for our children to:
- have excellent scientific knowledge and understanding which is demonstrated in written and verbal explanations, solving challenging problems and reporting scientific findings.
- be excited and show enthusiasm about Science as well as have a desire to explore why things happen.
- lead their own learning, asking and responding to their own scientific questions.
- enjoy learning through exploration.
- appreciate the awe and wonder of Science, making links to how, where and why it forms part of their everyday lives.