Science Statement of Intent, Implementation and Impact
What are we aiming to achieve?
The teaching of science should encourage children to discover and develop excitement and curiosity about the world around them and foster a life-long love of the sciences which will equip our children with the skills needed in later life. Science throughout Gawsworth Primary School will enable children to develop key skills such as making predictions, observations, conclusions and designing and developing experiments. We aim to:
- Develop scientific knowledge and thinking through the 3 disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- Enable children to be able to differentiate at a primary level between the 3 disciplines
- Support children to develop a systematic approach to enquiry through relevant questioning, planning, investigating, collecting data, predicting outcomes and drawing conclusions based on evidence
- Support children to develop confidence in applying scientific knowledge to conclusions and everyday life
- Encourage the inquisitive nature required to apply scientific knowledge to the world
- Develop specialist vocabulary and use this technical terminology, stated in the GPIV, accurately and relevantly.
At Gawsworth Primary School Science is taught through cross-curricular topics in phases which will allow teachers to support each other in, knowledge, skills, planning and assessments. We aim to implement our intent by:
- maintaining a high level of subject knowledge of science in our school by regular training and professional development for class teachers and the subject lead
- Ensuring resources are sufficient, adequate and relevant to the learning
- Strongly encouraging children to use specific vocabulary found in our GPIV
- Ensuring that children are aware, at the start of each science lesson, which of the 3 disciplines they will be learning and allowing them to grow their knowledge of this
- Providing children with regular opportunities to develop strategies for questioning and thinking through discussions
- Conducting efficient, regular and effective assessments to inform future learning
- Children reviewing their success which will be verified by teachers through evaluation girds at the end of topics
- The subject lead regularly monitoring and providing feedback on teaching, planning and children’s progress, interest and engagement.
- Working as a staff to support next steps in subject knowledge, planning, monitoring and teaching
- Providing outside expert visits
- Keeping SLT and governors up to date with developments in science with subject reports, action plans and review meetings.
Through a successful implementation of our intent we will see that:
- Children enjoy and are enthusiastic about science in our school, their scientific curiosity is supported
- There is a clear progression of children’s work throughout the school which can be found in their books, their discussions, confidence and their vocabulary
- Children are becoming increasingly confident and independent in science, selecting their own tools and materials, completing pupil lead investigations and choosing their own strategies for recording by working scientifically
- Feedback from teachers has a positive impact on children’s progress further pushing curious enquiries or addressing misconceptions
- Children are able to be independent learners in their own assessments allowing them to further strengthen their decision-making skills
- Standards in science at the end of the key stages are good and issues arising are addressed effectively in school through monitoring, reviews and staff discussions
- Teachers’ judgements are moderated internally and externally at Science cluster meetings within the Trust