Curriculum Intent (Vision)
At Manor Field, we believe that science builds on children’s natural curiosity, to enable them to pose and explore questions about the world. Having an awareness of the science around them and in the wider world will support children to become global citizens, and to make positive, informed choices about their responsibilities to the environment, their health and other scientific issues.
Implementation of the curriculum
We believe children learn best through purposeful and real life contexts; therefore, science is taught weekly, with meaningful links to the current project. As well as developing their scientific knowledge, children carry out their own practical investigations to build on the enquiry skills of planning, predicting, gathering evidence, recording and concluding. Projects are organised to enable the children to develop skills in each of the enquiry areas, with longer investigations designed to allow pupils to apply these skills in different contexts. Children are taught the vocabulary needed to discuss and explain their ideas, and scientific language is consistently modelled by teaching staff.
“Science is important because without it, we wouldn’t be able to answer questions about our world.”
Staff make use of a range of resources to stimulate and motivate learners. The school grounds and local area are used to engage children with their environment, whilst enriching their learning. Enrichment from beyond the school is organised to further the pupils’ enjoyment of science and to widen their learning experience.
Scientific thinking is valued across our integrated curriculum, with children being encouraged to be curious and to utilise their scientific skills in a broad range of ways. As science is constantly changing and evolving, we aim for learners to:
- Be equipped with the skills needed to adapt their thinking and investigative approaches to a range of contexts and ideas;
- Make connections between areas of their learning and link ideas;
- Generate questions to create their own lines of enquiry;
- Value their own awe and wonder about the world around them;
- Identify themselves as scientists.
Impact of our curriculum
Supported by our broad and balanced curriculum, Manor Field children view themselves as emerging scientists, who are encouraged to be curious and to utilise their scientific skills in a broad range of ways. Children are equipped with the skills needed to adapt their thinking and investigative approaches to a range of contexts and ideas. The children have an appreciation of their own awe and wonder around them.
Through carefully planned sequences of learning, children develop their scientific vocabulary and acquire the skills to generate their own lines of enquiry.
Children of all abilities achieve in all lessons. The most disadvantaged children and children with SEND are given additional resources to broaden their scientific understanding and become curious lifelong learners. More able children rise to the opportunity to be stretched and challenged by making connections with prior learning, which is implemented when carrying out their own investigations.
“We used eggs to find out which type of drink would rot our teeth the most. Orange juice caused the most damage to the egg shell because it had lots of sugar in it!”
Liam and Freya, Year 3
Science Knowledge Organisers 2020 - 2021: