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At Glenleigh Park, we aim to encourage all children to become inquisitive and develop a curiosity about the world around them. Through the mapping of our science curriculum, we are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning environment. Our science curriculum allows the children to acquire specific skills, develop knowledge to help them think scientifically and gain an understanding of scientific processes along with the uses and implications of science today and for the future. Our curriculum fosters a sense of growth to ensure systematic progression towards identified knowledge and skills end points which are in accordance with both the Science National Curriculum and the Working Scientifically documents.
As the children progress along their scientific learning journey, they will develop an understanding of key scientific knowledge through practical experiences; using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining concepts confidently. Our science curriculum has been broken down into four key concepts: similarities and differences, cause and effect, connections and patterns. These concepts are weaved through the National Curriculum objectives for science and provide the children the opportunity to develop, understand and challenge themselves with regards to their scientific knowledge and expertise. In addition, the children are encouraged to develop and use a range of working scientifically skills including questioning, researching and observing. The correct use of scientific language is modelled, taught and built upon as topics are revisited in different year groups and across the key stages.
The implementation of our science curriculum incorporates our school values and all teachers foster an environment for growth by creating a positive attitude to science learning within their classrooms and reinforcing our expectations that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in science.
At Glenleigh Park, we intend to provide all children with a broad and balanced science curriculum ensuring understanding and achievement are celebrated throughout. We regularly assess science, so we can design lessons that ensure the children ‘know more and remember more.’ Part of our learning journey design is to begin each science topic with a knowledge based quiz and concept question activities. These assess the children’s understanding and provide a basis for the planned and taught content of the unit of work. The same knowledge based quiz and concept question activities are then repeated at the end of a unit to assess the children’s understanding and provide the children the opportunity to demonstrate how much they have learnt.