Science at CBINS
Intent - Our Science curriculum is designed to give children the foundations for understanding the world. We encourage our children to become scientists by developing their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, allowing them to make observations and investigate scientific lines of enquiry in the world around us. We feel it is crucial for children to develop a spirit of curiosity in order to understand the importance of science today and for the world’s future.
Implementation – We implement this by following a cycle of learning experiences that builds on prior scientific knowledge and understanding in order to meet and go beyond national expectations as outlined in the EYFS curriculum and, using the Engaging Science Scheme to supplement the KS1 curriculum. Children learn to become scientists through: play and exploration; discussion and talk with peers and knowledgeable adults; investigating relevant real world open-ended questions; and quality first teaching. Crucial to this is a rich learning environment that encourages children to use and apply scientific language to communicate scientific ideas clearly and precisely.
Support and challenge
Impact – Our Science curriculum leads to good results across the school. At the end of EYFS 89% of children achieved their Early Learning Goal for Understanding the World compared to 88% nationally. At the end of KS1 87% of children achieved the expected standard for science compared to 83% nationally. This is reflected in our children’s strong understanding of scientific concepts, use of subject specific language and ability to use and apply their scientific knowledge during meaningful discovery, exploration and play both inside and outside the classroom.