Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent, Implementation, Impact
 
The Intent of our Science Curriculum
 
At Ovingham CE First School, we believe that high-quality science experiences inspire children to explore the natural and humanly constructed world around them. A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics and encourages children to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things behave and analyse causes. As pupils progress through school, they should be able to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.  They should also know how science has changed our lives and how it is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

We aim for all children to reach their scientific potential and develop characteristics that support their journey in becoming great scientists. Our scientists will:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
 
How we Implement our Curriculum
 
Our Science curriculum is based on the National Curriculum, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage.

At Ovingham CE First School, science is taught as discrete units but the use of science is encouraged to support learning across all curriculum areas and is linked to class topics where possible, ensuring learning is relevant and meaningful for every scientist in our school. We use STEM Learning Solutions scheme of work to ensure coherent curriculum coverage in each class and a clear progression of scientific knowledge and skills across each year group.

Teaching takes place in whole class groups where new scientific processes and concepts are introduced through real, practical experiences, stimulating scientific enquiry and encouraging children to find their own answers to questions and engage in their own scientific journey. Our scientists design experiments, analyse data, create tables and graphs and research unfamiliar concepts in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them and create detailed conclusions about a particular topic.

Themed weeks such as Careers Week and STEM Week are used to raise the profile of science and inspire children to explore a profession relating to this area. Visiting scientists encourage children to engage with the subject further and understand how science is changing and enhancing our lives each day.

Our Enchanted Wood area is used to inspire young scientists and provides children with a natural space to develop their own individual interests in the subject. This is used all year round and children are encouraged to explore our outdoor environment whatever the weather.

 

The Impact of our Science Curriculum 
 
Children are inspired by science at Ovingham CE First School and take pride in developing their own scientific skills and engaging with the world around them. The content of science lessons is meaningful and relevant to our pupils and children are eager to apply their scientific knowledge and skills across other areas of the curriculum.

Pupil’s science books demonstrate that scientific skills and knowledge develop and improve over time and children take pride in their own development. Our scientists understand the role of science in the world around them and having scientists in school has raised the profile of the subject and aspirations of the children.