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Science

Curriculum 

Science Curriculum Statement

Intent

At Hawthorne Primary, we want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them. It is our vision to instil a lifelong love of science within our pupils. We work hard to provide a fun, rich and varied curriculum to challenge and meet the needs of our children with scientific enquiry at the heart of it. Throughout our school, the children are encouraged to develop their scientific enquiry skills such as observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, classifying, grouping and comparative and fair testing. We provide our children with wider opportunities in science and make links to other subjects, to further embed their knowledge. Teacher’s plan and challenge pupils based on formative assessment and these are passed on to the following teacher. We monitor our schools progress in science regularly through staff meetings, and action plans. 

Implementation

The way we implement this in school is through:

  • Using Snap Science to help us structure our teaching and develop the scientific enquiry skills
  • Clear progression from each year group (learning follows on)
  • Assessment to inform planning
  • Science days which involve the parents
  • Involved in enterprise days with Nottingham Girls High School
  • Teachers are encouraged to plan in trips/ invite external providers to further enhance the children’s learning.
  • Key specific language is modelled
  • The school has good resources to support the lessons
  • Staff are informed of the latest resources and updates in Science through regular networks
  • Staff are given the opportunity to have training if any areas that they are not confident in.

Impact

  • What will we see if we are successfully meeting our intent and how will we see it?
  • Children enjoy and are enthusiastic about science in our school.
  • Children’s work shows a range of topics and evidence of the curriculum coverage for all science topics with clear progression.
  • Children are becoming increasingly independent in science, selecting their own tools and materials, completing pupil lead investigations and choosing their own strategies for recording.
  • Feedback from teachers with next step questions to further push learning on.
  • Standards in science at the end of the key stages are good and issues arising are addressed effectively in school through staff meetings
  • Children are able to apply their knowledge to new situations through science days and Enterprise days at other schools.
  • Children are using scientific vocabulary in their explanations, and relate this to other areas.