The science curriculum at Didsbury CE Primary School
Intent – why we teach what we teach
Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, therefore it is our intent that the children at Didsbury CE will receive a high-quality science curriculum. We aim to develop knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science, as well as encouraging children to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of curiosity about natural phenomena.
During their time at DCE, we believe that children should have a range of scientific opportunities. Consequently, the children will have the opportunity to become increasingly proficient and confident at:
- Being able to ask why
- Following their own line of enquiry
- Developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding
- Implementing a range of investigations
- Understanding the world around them
- Developing questioning, reasoning and investigation skills
Implementation – how we teach what we teach
At Didsbury CE science is taught throughout the school, from Nursery to Year 6. In our EYFS curriculum, science is covered in the Understand the World Early Learning Goals. Children in our Nursery and Reception have a range of different opportunities to explore scientific concepts, both inside the classroom and in the outdoor areas. Continuous provision activities are planned to provide independent learning to support and reinforce whole class teaching.
In KS1 and KS2 science is taught weekly as a discrete lesson, following a particular topic, with ‘working scientifically’ being embedded in all areas. These lessons are taught by the class teacher, who plans lessons based on the national curriculum objectives in biology, chemistry, physics and working scientifically. Science is a core subject and at Didsbury CE we devote approximately two hours of curriculum time to the subject each week.
Impact – how we measure what we teach
The impact of the science curriculum is that the children will have the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics; be able to use science to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes; and finally have an inquisitive mind ready to investigate the world around them. Children at Didsbury CE are thoroughly prepared for the next stage of their educational journey and beyond.
The children’s learning journey in science is assessed each half term using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year. The progress of each child will be tracked throughout their time at Didsbury CE Primary.